On Wed, 2012-01-25 at 19:03 -0600, email@example.com wrote: > Debian Kernel Team, > > My name is Logan Blyth, I work in the Linux smart array storage driver > group at HP. I am trying to update the version of the hpsa driver in > the package repos, and if possible create a file that will allow it to > be installed alongside Debian(similar to a redhat dud (.dd) file) if > possible. I would also like to help you in the ongoing maintenance of > the driver, if you'll have me. I'm not sure we have a mechanism similar to driver disks; you'll need to ask the installer team (firstname.lastname@example.org) about that. Are you trying to add new hardware support or only fix bugs? > I realize that you are very busy so I would like to do this in a way > that minimizes the effort on your part :), however I am new to > building and packaging in general. I have read some (soon to be all) > of the new maintainer guidlines and the debian policy manual and feel > that I am ready to begin. Based on what I have said here if you feel > otherwise please let me know what I can do to become better prepared. > > I have downloaded the source package of headers, and am following > chapter 3 of the maintainers guide. I'm unclear which package and guide you are referring to. > I realized that the driver is only a series of patchs,not a file like > in the ch 3 example. Given that a single patch is supposed to fix only > 1 specific thing, I am hesitant to just create a patch that would > amount to ~1 year of updates. I can attempt this but it is against my > better judgement. How should I proceed? Normally each patch applied in our package will correspond to a single commit in mainline Linux. You may find it easier to work with a git branch rather than a patch series: 1. Clone the repository shown at <http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=kernel/linux-2.6.git>. 2. Check out the 'squeeze' branch, which mirrors the current state of the package in stable. (Warning: this branch is sometimes rebased.) 3. Cherry-pick and adjust patches from mainline Linux onto this branch. Please include the original commit hashes in the new commit messages. 4. Use 'git format-patch' to generate patches for inclusion in the package. > I am under a bit of a time crunch and am willing to put in the time > and effort to do this the right way so that mainting this is easier > for everyone Thanks. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Horngren's Observation: Among economists, the real world is often a special case.
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