Re: Debian should not modify the kernels!
On Sun, Sep 28, 2003 at 01:10:27PM +1000, Herbert Xu wrote:
> I do not believe that this patch has caused excessive grief for the
> benefits that it brings. In fact, conflicts between the Debian kernel
> source and random kernel patches floating around are a fact of life.
> For example, the grsecurity patch has had a history of conflicts with
> various patches in the Debian kernel source. Most of those patches that
> caused conflicts were in fact essential security fixes. You can review
> this for yourself by visiting to the BTS entry for the grsecurity
That has more to do with the fact that grsecurity is an intrusive pile of
garbage, splashed pretty much all over the tree (which, incidentally, is
a large part of reasons why it is unfit for upstream kernel).
For crying out loud, it's a half-megabyte monolitic patch. Even devfs
was slightly smaller when it had finally dripped into the tree. If
somebody wants to play with it - they'll have to either
a) split the damn thing into series of localized chunks and enjoy
relatively easy resolution of conflicts with other patches or
b) wear "I'm a sadomasochist and proud of it" T-shirt and leave
everybody else alone.
Look, it's that simple - authors of patch had chosen to be antisocial and
kept it a monolit; that makes it a second-class citizen as far as merges
are concerned. Less intrusive patches get precedence. End of story.