out of tree
Posted Aug 1, 2009 10:04 UTC (Sat) by nix
In reply to: out of tree
Parent article: A tempest in a tty pot
Let's say I am a manufacturer and I receive a bug report from a customer.
How am I supposed to fix it? Submit a patch to LKML and tell the customer
to wait for a new kernel version? That is absurd. So, I have to maintain
an out-of-tree driver in any case. I want my customers to use the same
driver in all kernel versions.
What? You maintain a git repo, the same way anyone else doing kernel
development does, and feed one branch to Linus and the other to your
customers. This is really not even slightly rocket science, and git has
plenty of tools to help keep the branches in sync.
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