Linus Torvalds wrote: > I'll happily help anybody who wants to try to write some nice > documentation (answer questions etc), but I'm just not very good at doing > it myself.
Here's something that I've been putting together on how I'm using GIT as a Linux subsystem maintainer. I suspect that I'm a bit slap-happy with the "git checkout" commands in the examples below, and perhaps missing some of the _true-git_ ways of doing things. -Tony Linux subsystem maintenance using GIT ------------------------------------- My requirements here are to be able to create two public trees: 1) A "test" tree into which patches are initially placed so that they can get some exposure when integrated with other ongoing development. This tree is available to Andrew for pulling into -mm whenever he wants. 2) A "release" tree into which tested patches are moved for final sanity checking, and as a vehicle to send them upstream to Linus (by sending him a "please pull" request.) Note that the period of time that each patch spends in the "test" tree is dependent on the complexity of the change. Since GIT does not support cherry picking, it is not practical to simply apply all patches to the test tree and then pull to the release tree as that would leave trivial patches blocked in the test tree waiting for complex changes to accumulate enough test time to graduate. Back in the BitKeeper days I achieved this my creating small forests of temporary trees, one tree for each logical grouping of patches, and then pulling changes from these trees first to the test tree, and then to the release tree. At first I replicated this in GIT, but then I realised that I could so this far more efficiently using branches inside a single GIT repository. So here is the step-by-step guide how this all works for me. First create your work tree by cloning Linus's public tree: $ git clone rsync://rsync.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git work Change directory into the cloned tree you just created $ cd work Make a GIT branch named "linus", and rename the "origin" branch as linus too: $ git checkout -b linus $ mv .git/branches/origin .git/branches/linus The "linus" branch will be used to track the upstream kernel. To update it, you simply run: $ git checkout linus && git pull linus you can do this frequently (as long as you don't have any uncommited work in your tree). If you need to keep track of other public trees, you can add branches for them too: $ git checkout -b another linus $ echo URL-for-another-public-tree > .git/branches/another Now create the branches in which you are going to work, these start out at the current tip of the linus branch. $ git checkout -b test linus $ git checkout -b release linus These can be easily kept up to date by merging from the "linus" branch: $ git checkout test && git resolve test linus "Auto-update from upstream" $ git checkout release && git resolve release linus "Auto-update from upstream" Set up so that you can push upstream to your public tree: $ echo master.kernel.org:/ftp/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/aegl/linux-2.6.git > .git/branches/origin and then push each of the test and release branches using: $ git push origin test and $ git push origin release Now to apply some patches from the community. Think of a short snappy name for a branch to hold this patch (or related group of patches), and create a new branch from the current tip of the linus branch: $ git checkout -b speed-up-spinlocks linus Now you apply the patch(es), run some tests, and commit the change(s). If the patch is a multi-part series, then you should apply each as a separate commit to this branch. $ ... patch ... test ... commit [ ... patch ... test ... commit ]* When you are happy with the state of this change, you can pull it into the "test" branch in preparation to make it public: $ git checkout test && git resolve test speed-up-spinlocks "Pull speed-up-spinlock changes" It is unlikely that you would have any conflicts here ... but you might if you spent a while on this step and had also pulled new versions from upstream. Some time later when enough time has passed and testing done, you can pull the same branch into the "release" tree ready to go upstream. This is where you see the value of keeping each patch (or patch series) in its own branch. It means that the patches can be moved into the "release" tree in any order. $ git checkout release && git resolve release speed-up-spinlocks "Pull speed-up-spinlock changes" After a while, you will have a number of branches, and despite the well chosen names you picked for each of them, you may forget what they are for, or what status they are in. To get a reminder of what changes are in a specific branch, use: $ git-whatchanged branchname ^linus | git-shortlog To see whether it has already been merged into the test or release branches use: $ git-rev-list branchname ^test or $ git-rev-list branchname ^release [If this branch has not yet been merged you will see a set of SHA1 values for the commits, if it has been merged, then there will be no output] Once a patch completes the great cycle (moving from test to release, then pulled by Linus, and finally coming back into your local "linus" branch) the branch for this change is no longer needed. You detect this when the output from: $ git-rev-list branchname ^linus is empty. At this point the branch can be deleted: $ rm .git/refs/heads/branchname To create diffstat and shortlog summaries of changes to include in a "please pull" request to Linus you can use: $ git-whatchanged -p release ^linus | diffstat -p1 and $ git-whatchanged release ^linus | git-shortlog - To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe git" in the body of a message to [EMAIL PROTECTED] More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html