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Re: [GIT PULL] regulator updates for v3.13-rc1

From:  Linus Torvalds <>
To:  Mark Brown <>
Subject:  Re: [GIT PULL] regulator updates for v3.13-rc1
Date:  Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:16:57 -0800
Message-ID:  <>
Cc:  Linux Kernel Mailing List <>, Liam Girdwood <>
Archive-link:  Article

On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM, Mark Brown <> wrote:
> If you're OK with octopus merges for things like this I'll definitely
> take another look at using them, the enormous stack of merge commits
> always looks noisy to me in the logs and pull requests and for things
> like driver updates there's unlikely to be much doubt about which branch
> it was if there's a problem.

Christ. When you start doing octopus merges, you don't do it by half
measures, do you?

I just pulled the sound updates from Takashi, and as a result got your
merge commit 2cde51fbd0f3. That one has 66 parents.

That kind of merge either needs to be split up, or gitk needs to be
made better about visualizing it, because it ends up being *so* wide
that the history is hard to read.

I think you'll find that having that many parents also breaks old
versions of git.

Anyway, I'd suggest you try to limit octopus merges to ~15 parents or
less to make the visualization tools not go crazy.  Maybe aim for just
10 or so in most cases.

It's pulled, and it's fine, but there's clearly a balance between
"octopus merges are fine" and "Christ, that's not an octopus, that's a
Cthulhu merge".


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Re: [GIT PULL] regulator updates for v3.13-rc1

Posted Jan 23, 2014 3:18 UTC (Thu) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389) [Link]

> That one has 66 parents.

…did git output the "Yeah!!!" (or something similar) when it completed[1]?

[1]A coworker got it when an octopus merge had nothing to do. I didn't find it in the code as a literal either.

Re: [GIT PULL] regulator updates for v3.13-rc1

Posted Jan 23, 2014 14:40 UTC (Thu) by bfields (subscriber, #19510) [Link]

git fetch
gitk 2cde51fbd0f3

Wow, I don't know, I think gitk actually does a pretty good job, considering.

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