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Re: [PATCH 00/30] xfsprogs: Initial CRC support

To: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 00/30] xfsprogs: Initial CRC support
From: "Michael L. Semon" <mlsemon35@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 18 May 2013 03:42:53 -0400
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On 05/18/2013 02:27 AM, Dave Chinner wrote:
On Sat, May 18, 2013 at 01:40:39AM -0400, Michael L. Semon wrote:
On 05/17/2013 11:25 PM, Dave Chinner wrote:
On Fri, May 17, 2013 at 04:54:47PM -0400, Michael L. Semon wrote:
On 05/17/2013 07:12 AM, Dave Chinner wrote:

Being able to add and remove patches and reorder them easily is
exactly why I use guilt. The raw git workflow is, well, less than
optimal IMO.

The trick is to remember which patches to apply, so I might have a
directory that has five great patches and one that no longer

The worst step for me is, by far, the git-am step. Resolving patch
conflicts is painful because you have to manually apply the patch,
then remember to git add all the files modified by the patch, etc.

I don't know how to use git to properly back out a patch that was
made at some time in the past.  Disaster management in particular
has left me to backup at strategic points.  On these older PCs,
restore operations can be much faster than git recovery attempts.

So, once I've have a patch series imported into git as a guilt
stack, it's managed as a series of patches rather than as individual
patches or commits. The order is kept in a series file. So, updating
the underlying release for a specific patch set is effectively:

$ guilt checkout working        # go to base tree branch
$ guilt pop -a                  # remove all patches in the branch
$ git reset --hard v3.10-rc1    # reset branch to known clean state
$ git remote update
$ git merge origin/master       # linus tree
$ git merge xfs-oss/master      # xfs tree
$ guilt push -a                 # push all local patches back into branch

At this point I have an up-to-date linus + xfs + local patches

Say now I want add a new patchset in from the list. I save it as an
mbox file "saved-patches". Then I create a new branch from the xfs
tree so I know that it will apply cleanly:

$ git checkout -b imports xfs-oss/master
                                # create a new branch from the xfs tree
$ git am saved-patches

Now all patches are applied to the imports branch. Get all the
commit ids, switch back to the working branch, and import them into
guilt to track them as patches:

$ git log --oneline -n <number of patches in the seriesi + 2>
yyyy last commit
xxxx commit prior to first in new series
$ git checkout working
$ guilt import-commit xxxx..yyyy # import the commits onto the tail
                                 # of the current patch series
$ guilt push -a                  # apply the patchset to the current branch
$ git branch -D imports          # remove the temp import branch.

At this point, all the patches in the series you just pulled down
from the list are applied to your tree. You can now push and pop
them out of the tree, reorder them, etc as though you are just
managing a series of patches....

If any of the patches in the inew series fail to apply, then guilt
won't apply it. If you force apply it, guilt outputs the result of
applying the patch, same as if you ran patch. The difference is that
for all the modified files and  the files that need to be editted to
fix conflicts, you don't need to git add them. just "guilt refresh"
and you're ready to push the next patch in the series onto the

Ah, excellent explanation! guilt sounds awesome. Not finding anything that looked like an official site for guilt that worked, I grabbed the guilt source from the wheezy section at packages.debian.org. At the next opportunity, I will learn it, live it, love it.


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