Commit 896e5518 authored by Kurt Wall's avatar Kurt Wall Committed by Linus Torvalds
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[PATCH] Add text for dealing with "dot releases" to README

The emergence of so-called "dot releases" that are non-incremental patches
against a base kernel requires different handling of patches (revert
previous patches before applying the newest one).  This patch adds a
paragrach to $TOPDIR/README explaining how to do deal with dot release

Signed-off-by: default avatarKurt Wall <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent e5c2d749
......@@ -87,6 +87,16 @@ INSTALLING the kernel:
kernel source. Patches are applied from the current directory, but
an alternative directory can be specified as the second argument.
- If you are upgrading between releases using the stable series patches
(for example, patch-2.6.xx.y), note that these "dot-releases" are
not incremental and must be applied to the 2.6.xx base tree. For
example, if your base kernel is 2.6.12 and you want to apply the patch, you do not and indeed must not first apply the and patches. Similarly, if you are running kernel
version and want to jump to, you must first
reverse the patch (that is, patch -R) _before_ applying
the patch.
- Make sure you have no stale .o files and dependencies lying around:
cd linux
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