Re: x86/x86-64 merge for 2.6.19

From: Sam Ravnborg
Date: Tue Sep 26 2006 - 18:05:38 EST

On Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 01:44:42PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Tue, 26 Sep 2006, Andi Kleen wrote:
> >
> > Yes that is why I did it. I still use quilt for my tree because it works
> > best for me, but together with all the i386 stuff I was over 230 patches
> > and email clearly didn't scale well to that much.
> Right. I'm actually surprised not more peole use git that way. It was
> literally one of the _design_goals_ of git to have people use quilt a a
> more "willy-nilly" front-end process, with git giving the true distributed
> nature that you can't get from that kind of softer patch-queue like
> system.

One of the major benefits from git is that whenever I decide to
do some changes git allows me to start modifying as I like and when
done I just do "git diff | less" to review it. And when it turns out to be a piece of crap I just do "git reset --hard" and be done with it.
This make my life so much easier than having to copy symlinked tress
around all the time - and I then may not touch the base for the symlinks.

Put all other nice and usefull features aside this has been a major
timesaver for me both in the bk days and also now in the git days.
And quilt does not help me in this respect as I understood last I looked.

Using git sometimes does not work out that well for this.
But then I do a simple git format-patch HEAD~nn..HEAD which I apply on top
of a freshly cloned tree and we are back on track. This tricks works for me
since I have only two customers of my kbuild.git tree - akpm and Linus.
Where Linus just pulls into his tree so no problem, and Andrew seems to cope
fine with me doing a fresh tree now and then.

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