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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] ANN: Linux Kernel Arch Repository

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] ANN: Linux Kernel Arch Repository
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 10:42:52 +0900
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>>>>> "Tom" == Tom Lord <address@hidden> writes:

    Tom> More to the point, it's just a cataloging principle: category
    Tom> names should be unique (within the domain of discourse) and
    Tom> shared by all instances of the same project.  When thinking
    Tom> about managing a small number of projects, that seems
    Tom> pedantic

No, it seems circular.  What's a "project"?  Why, it's something that
deserves an arch category of its own!

I think that a category may be defined (abstractly) as a set of
pristine trees that may be expected to share code with each other via
the RCS.  (Of course these semantics are instantiated in a very
complex way in arch.  Are they enforced by the RCS?  Eg, will arch do
"tla replay --exact address@hidden/xemacs--xemacs-21.5--13--patch-6"
in a "address@hidden/linus--mainline--2.4" tree, or not?)

However, Linux shows how complex this idea might be.  Although I think
this consideration makes it clear that "linux kernel" as a category is
appropriate, consider that many of the drivers are shared (in large
part) with other kernels.  So maybe that category should be "kernel"?
Not! but ... ;-)

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