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Re: Maintaining kernel source in sarge

On Sun, May 25, 2003 at 08:12:00AM +1000, Herbert Xu wrote:
> Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de> wrote:
> > 
> > Why can't Debian have just one tree for multiple architectures like
> > SuSE and RedHat (sometimes) do.  Okay suse supports 'only' i386,
> > x86_64,ppc,ppc64,s390,s390x,ia64 but their kernel also has patches
> > for sparc,sparc64,mips and m68k although I can't guarantee that these
> > really work in the relased tree (but last time I visted their office
> > people were playing with those ports in their spare time).
> I don't think we can go all the way yet, but let's make a start.  If
> the architecture maintainers send me patches which clearly don't affect
> other archs or otherwise cause build problems, I will merge them.
> I don't think we can guarantee a tree that builds on all or most
> architectures, but we should be able to keep the difference to a
> minimum.

After thinking about this for a couple of weeks, I'm not going to do it
for PowerPC - though the packages should have a new maintainer soon, so
that's not worth much.  It would just be an additional merging hassle;
the PPC BK tree is very easy to work with, so making the patches isn't
what takes the time anyway.

Daniel Jacobowitz
MontaVista Software                         Debian GNU/Linux Developer

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