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SubjectRe: .version keeps being updated
Hi Linus, Andrew,

On Tue, 9 Jan 2007 15:25:34 -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 9 Jan 2007 15:21:51 -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > Actually, how about just removing the incrementing version count entirely?
>
> I use it pretty commonly to answer the question "did I remember to install
> that new kernel I just built before I rebooted"? By comparing `uname -a'
> with $TOPDIR/.version.

This will no longer work with the current state of things, as
$TOPDIR/.version keeps increasing.

> > (...) We have more useful _real_ versioning these days, with git commit
> > ID's etc.

These are completely different types of IDs. The .version number is a
local build ID and changes when one applies a local patch, or simply
changes a config option, and recompiles his/her kernel. The git ID of
course doesn't.

From the other comments in this thread, it looks like the build ID is
something many people are interested in, so we can't just drop it.

--
Jean Delvare
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