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SubjectRe: [PATCH, v2] kbuild: Improve version string logic
On Wed, 14 Oct 2009, Ingo Molnar wrote:

> > I don't think you want to do that because it would require the .config
> > to be posted on bug reports, for example, to determine the setting of
> > CONFIG_LOCALVERSION_AUTO before you can interpret the kernel version.
> > In other words, you wouldn't know that "2.6.32-rc4" is actually 200
> > commits beyond the actual release unless you also know that the
> > .config has CONFIG_LOCALVERSION_AUTO="none".
> We've come a full circle ...
> That's the current !CONFIG_LOCALVERSION_AUTO status quo ... That was
> being asked to be preserved for (unspecified) packaging reasons. So
> your suggestion is to do away with that behavior altogether?

I don't think it's helpful to specify a version as "2.6.32-rc4" when in
reality it has 200 commits beyond the release and I like the addition of
`+' for !CONFIG_LOCALVERSION_AUTO if we're not at a tagged commit.
That's what my two patches do so the only time you could get a
"2.6.32-rc4" version string is for when it's the equivalent of
(and you would actually get that regardless of whether you're using

There's another possible extension that could be made: we could allow
LOCALVERSION= as passed to "make" to override the added `+' since it is
used to identify kernel versions by a string anyway; so make
LOCALVERSION=-slub_fixes would become v2.6.32-rc4-slub_fixes if
CONFIG_LOCALVERSION_AUTO were disabled, regardless of what commit we're
at, and v2.6.32-rc4-slub_fixes-00094-g80f5069 if it were enabled.

Regardless of future improvements, I think my two patches allow the kernel
version to more accurately describe what is running. That is predicated
on my belief that "v2.6.32-rc4", though, should never describe _anything_
except the v2.6.32-rc4 kernel.

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