What about doing the changes on a branch with the understanding that
the branch will *replace* HEAD when it stabilises ?
This sounds odd at first glance, but it means that others are forced
to MFC into the smp branch - if they don't they lose.
Anybody that's not confident to be able to merge into the smp branch
will simply be in the same position - merge or hold off. They'd also
be just as likely to break the smp work with their commits as if the
smp work was done in HEAD.
> :: the kernel stabilizes, or expect large doses of pain. This tag will be
> :: laid down as soon as June 26, 00:00 PST, with a minimum 24 hour warning
> :: beforehand.
> :Thanks for the fair warning. Now don't do it. Has core approved
> :this? I don't think so, I've seen nothign from them about it.
> :The instability ni -current for MONTHS is pain not acceptible. We've
> :never really allowed that in the past. A CVS branch would be mcuh
> :better for this sort of thing. I know that's a pain as well, but this
> :is just for SMP people and the rest of us shouldn't have to deal with
> :the pain.
> :I understand your desire to have it all in a working tree, but causing
> :pain for ALL developers for potentially MONTHS isn't a reasonable
> The problem is that the changes are simply too extensive to be able
> be able to split them off then merge them back into 5.x N months later.
> Creating another branch will tripple the workload on anyone doing
> merge work.
> We knew we'd probably have to do it this way months ago, and Chuck
> Paterson of BSDI confirmed it when he related his experiences with
> trying to manage the BSDI 5.x MP stuff as a separate branch.
> In short, it was a complete disaster, and I have no doubts that
> trying to manage it as a separate branch in FreeBSD would also result
> in a complete disaster.
> We've known this day was coming for ages... ever since Jordan announced
> the BSDI merger. Jordan and other core members have hinted, intimated,
> and outright told people that FreeBSD-current would be used for the BSDI
> merge work. Well, the time is now folks!
> Matthew Dillon
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Brian <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> <brian@[uk.]FreeBSD.org>
Don't _EVER_ lose your sense of humour !
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