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Re: [avr-gcc-list] Porting Atmel patches

From: Georg-Johann Lay
Subject: Re: [avr-gcc-list] Porting Atmel patches
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 21:23:32 +0200
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Joerg Wunsch schrieb:
The FSF only allows changes of 10 lines or less in a patch, if there
is no copyright assignment on file.

I thought with the recent changes, adding a new AVR device is merely
going to be a one-liner (a change to avr-devices.c)?

Yes, one line in GCC (not counting the regenerated files like documentation, multilib mappings, command options, ... because they don't matter) and one line in Binutils.

Such a contribution is considerably nice for someone that starts with avr-gcc / avr-binutils because the change is straight forward, not critical, adds functionality appreciated by many users, and one can concentrate on and learn and understand how contributing works.

In the first contribution, it is likely to be puzzling what is needed besides the very change, but one gets familiar with it soon after some contributions.

As far as the "Lines of Code" are concerned, I thought that the limit is 15 lines, but nobody kills you if it are 16 i think ;-)

Extrapolating Atmel's issue rate of more then 1 derivative / month since the time when 4.6 was released gives ~15 derivatives.

Or did they increase their issue rate because there are still so many suffices and finite letter-digit combinations they don't yet cover?

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