Notice of intent: patching glibc

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at
Wed Sep 7 12:05:34 UTC 2011

On Tue, Sep 06, 2011 at 03:27:15PM -0800, Jef Spaleta wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 3:09 PM, Adam Williamson <awilliam at> wrote:
> > Well, yes, that parallel came up in my mind too, but really, the two
> > aren't particularly similar. I don't think there's any intent to
> > obfuscate in the case of the glibc spec, it's simply done the way that
> > seemed convenient to its maintainers at the time. Note the Fedora kernel
> > package is a normal source / split out patches set. I'm not sure that
> > whole kerfuffle is particularly relevant to Fedora.
> >
> >
>  Let me turn that on its head.
> As more projects become git based over time, the preferred form for code
> development might actually be a bisectable git checkout and not broken out
> patchsets for some projects. I'm not sure the distribution and packaging
> model that we collectively understand now and which grew up in the cvs and
> svn dominated era fits really well in the git dominated era.  I think we are
> still groping around trying to figure out what the "preferred form" really
> is in the git dominated era. I'm not sure the broken out patchset will be
> it. It might soon be considered a legacy format in some situations.

While I agree with you, the glibc "big blob of patch" approach
isn't in either of the preferred forms.

Wishlist item:

At the same time that RPM allows you to bundle a git repo, perhaps we
can finally get rid of %changelog?


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