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SubjectRe: 2.6.12-rc3-mm2
Andrew Morton wrote:
> James Cloos <> wrote:
>>Apologies if this has already been asked and I missed it, but do you
>>expect to transition to exporting your working tree via git, now that
>>licensing concerns are not part of the equation?
> Nope. At any particular point in time the tree I have here has lots of
> problems - failing to compile, crashing, etc. It takes me from four hours
> to three days just to get a halfway-respectable release out the door.
> So there's no way in which I'd want to make the tree-of-the-minute
> externally available - it would muck people around too much and would cause
> me to get a ton of email about stuff which I'd probably already fixed.
> That, plus a traditional SCM is an inappropriate format for something like
> -mm. This tree is a series of patches against Linus's tree - that's how it
> is developed, tested and sent upstream. Patches get added, dropped,
> reordered and merged at any time. It's hard to explain - you need to have
> used patch-scripts or quilt for a while...
> Prematurely flattening all this into an SCM view is a fairly pointless
> exercise - the only reason for doing it would be for people to be able to
> download it. And they can do that by grabbing the single diff anyway. I
> suppose someone might start offering git -mm trees sometime, as an
> alternative to grabbing the diff file.

For all of the reasons you describe putting up your tree would be a
waste of time, and putting up another tree is likely to only result in
duplicated effort; the folks who want SCC can use whatever works for
them and then send you patches.

-bill davidsen (
"The secret to procrastination is to put things off until the
last possible moment - but no longer" -me

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