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Date:   Sat, 18 Mar 2023 22:21:32 -0500
From:   Steev Klimaszewski <>
To:     Masahiro Yamada <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/6] kbuild: fix some packaging issues, and use
 git-archive for source package

Hi Masahiro,

On Sat, Mar 18, 2023 at 9:19 PM Masahiro Yamada <> wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 19, 2023 at 10:12 AM Steev Klimaszewski <> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Masahiro,
> >
> > On Sun, Mar 12, 2023 at 1:07 PM Masahiro Yamada <> wrote:
> > >
> > > This series fixes some bugs, then switch to 'git archive'
> > > for source package creation as suggested by Linus.
> >
> > I apologize if this is a stupid question, but it's not immediately apparent to
> > me...
> >
> > Previously, I was overriding the deb file output name by the setting of
> > LOCALVERSION_AUTO; but with this series applied, that seems to be ignored?
> >
> > Now if I pass LOCALVERSION="" I end up with e.g. linux-image-6.3.0-rc2_6.3.0-rc2-00575-g46c71cad996d-100_arm64.deb
> > whereas previously, I would end up with linux-image-6.3.0-rc2_6.3.0-rc2-100_arm64.deb
> >
> > How would I restore the old naming behaviour?
> >
> > -- steev
> The same string "6.3.0-rc2" is repeated in the file name.
> The first one is what Debian calls the ABI version, and the
> second one is the version of the package.
> They are usually different on real Debian kernels.
> LOCALVERSION affects the former, and KDEB_PKGVERSION
> the second.
> My recommendation is "just let it be"
> because "linux-upstream_6.3.0-rc2.orig.tar.gz"
> you would generate is not the real 6.3.0-rc2.
> If you want to restore what you previously did,
>  make deb-pkg KDEB_PKGVERSION=6.3.0-rc2-100
> will create such a file name.
My apologies, my text editor seemed to swallow up half of my previous
email as what I was trying to say wasn't all in there...
What I meant to say is that, prior to this patchset, if
LOCALVERSION_AUTO=y we would end up with


NUMBEROFBUILDS="100" (i'm not sure where this number was stored previously)

Assuming the above 2 are what the current settings are...

And if you turned LOCALVERSION_AUTO off, and had changes on top of the
git repo, you would end up with


Then if you would pass LOCALVERSION="", on top of LOCALVERSION_AUTO
being unset, you would end up with


Now with your patchset applied, with LOCALVERSION_AUTO being unset,
you end up with


Which means that LOCALVERSION_AUTO goes away?  I'm not sure why the
package version overrides what I'm trying to set in the first place in
the kernel config?

Your workaround is mostly fine, but that "-100" on the end means I
have to now personally track how many builds I've done?

> --
> Best Regards
> Masahiro Yamada

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