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SubjectRe: .version keeps being updated

On Jan 9 2007 15:21, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>
>Actually, how about just removing the incrementing version count entirely?
>
>I realize that it's really really old, and has been there basically since
>day one, but on the other hand, it's old not because it's fundamentally
>important, but because it's just been maintained. How about just dropping
>it entirely?
>
>We have more useful _real_ versioning these days, with git commit ID's
>etc.

Like other people said, scripts rely on it. Not just kernel-build
scripts or thelike. Note that this local build ID is _also_ in
/proc/version, meaning that every possible script out there has
code/regex to skip or read that one field.

E.g.
($ver, $builder, $gcc, $id, $flags, $date) =
($_ =~ /^Linux version (\S+) \((\S+)\) \((.*)\) (#\d+) (.*) ((?:Mon|Tue|Wed|Thu|Fri|Sat|Sun).*)/);


Oh well we could also put a static "#0" in there, but it also has
its uses (see replies from other people).

-`J'
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