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Date:	Wed, 11 Nov 2009 12:50:24 -0600
From:	James Bottomley <James.Bottomley@...senPartnership.com>
To:	Greg KH <gregkh@...e.de>
Cc:	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Chris Wright <chrisw@...s-sol.org>,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>,
	Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@...llo.nl>
Subject: Re: [RFC] new -stable tag variant, Git workflow question

On Tue, 2009-11-10 at 11:37 -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 09:29:48AM -0500, James Bottomley wrote:
> > On Mon, 2009-11-09 at 20:14 -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> > > > A further question is, i can see using this tagging scheme in the future 
> > > > in merge commits log messages too - will your scripts notice that too?
> > > 
> > > Hm, I don't think we look at merges as there's nothing there to actually
> > > commit.
> > > 
> > > > For example if there's a few commits left in tip:*/urgent branches 
> > > > (tip:sched/urgent, tip:core/urgent, tip:x86/urgent, etc.) by the time 
> > > > v2.6.32 is released, i will then merge them into tip:sched/core, 
> > > > tip:core/core, tip:x86/core, etc. - and i could use the merge commit as 
> > > > a notification area to 'activate' them for -stable backporting via a 
> > > > merge commit.
> > > > 
> > > > This is how such merge commits would look like:
> > > > 
> > > >   Merge branch 'core/urgent' into core/rcu
> > > > 
> > > >   Merge reason: Pick up urgent fixes that did not make it into .32.0
> > > > 
> > > >   Cc: <stable@...nel.org> # .32.x: 83f5b01: rcu: Fix long-grace-period race
> > > >   Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>
> > > > 
> > > > This is not so rare of a situation as it might seem - for the trees i 
> > > > maintain it happens in almost every release cycle - i typically skip 
> > > > urgent branch merges after -rc8/-rc9, unless they are very-very-urgent 
> > > > fixes - but they'd still be eligible for -stable.
> > > 
> > > Ok, that would be good and fine with me.
> > > 
> > > James, would your script pick this up, or does it need to also pay
> > > attention to merge commits?
> > 
> > No ... because merge commits should effectively be empty (and when
> > they're not you can't generate an applyable diff).  If I understand the
> > workflow, the desire is to have the whole branch sent to stable by
> > tagging the merge commit.  That's possible ... it's exactly the same
> > logic I use in the commit scripts for the SCSI tree, so it should be
> > possible to extract the logic.
> > 
> > By the looks of the above it's only a few commits, or is it the entire
> > branch?
> 
> I'm thinking the commit would be the merge, right Ingo?  So it would
> just be a single commit that has the marker in it.

OK, so I can make it send you this just by removing the --no-merge flag
from the git rev-list the script uses to sift through what changed
(which I've already done).

The slight problem is that further down, to generate the patch the
script uses git format-patch -k --stdout commit^..commit.  For a merge
commit, this will generate a patch equivalent to the entire branch that
was merged, even though the commit message will only pick out some of
these ... is this OK?

If not, I can look at using git show instead to generate the patches (it
will effectively generate null diffs for merge points with the stable
tag, which is closer to what you want).

Alternatively, if you pick up the commits from Linus' tree anyway, I
could just stop producing diffs, which will save email bandwidth and
then be automatically correct whether the commit is a merge or not.

James


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