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Re: Updating the hurd in Guix

From: Olaf Buddenhagen
Subject: Re: Updating the hurd in Guix
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2022 05:14:31 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)


On Tue, Feb 15, 2022 at 01:59:11AM +0000, Damien Zammit wrote:

> Yes, that is the usual way to manage changes, but the entire NetBSD
> source tree is very large, and we only have about 100 lines of changes
> in total that I am trying to upstream.

I feel like I've heard this story before... A long time ago, when I was
involved with the KGI project, they were afraid of importing the entire
Linux source tree in CVS to do their modifications -- so instead they
build their own fragile, slow, under-documented etc. patch system on

Of course I'm sure Debian's system is a lot less problematic than what
KGI rolled on their own -- but on the other hand, I feel that there is
even less justification for such manoeuvres nowadays, considering how
effortlessly Git deals with large source trees...

Putting it more bluntly: so the NetBSD source tree is large... And?

This is not my call to make of course: but I'd strongly recommend to
consider using revision control the way it's meant to be used: rather
than working around something that -- best I can tell -- isn't even a
problem to begin with...


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