Re: Why from there?

Riley Williams (
Fri, 15 May 1998 03:13:51 +0100 (BST)

Hi Horst.

>>> In other words I think that this is a non-argument to a
>>> non-problem.

>> Which is clearly your version of "it doesn't affect me so I can't
>> be bothered to solve it" !!!!!!!

> OK, let me see... last kernel I downloaded in full... 2.1.98.
> Before that, .... 2.1.85. So, I patched 4 times (to 2.1.102-1 now)
> and before that 13. That makes 2 downloads (where linux-2.1.xx
> would have helped) vs 17 patches (where it would have been a
> RPITA)... guess what I'd prefer. And I download full kernels rather
> regularly.

You are no doubt not in the slightest surprised to hear that I'm in
full agreement with you, hence my suggesting that the full kernel
source tarballs should have the version number in the tree and the
patch files should not.

However, Linus appears to believe that the hassle he no doubt already
gets as a result of his current system is less than the hassle he'd
get from making the change, and I have to assume he knows what he's
talking about, so as far as I'm concerned, there's no point in making
any further comment on the subject...

Best wishes from Riley.

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