Question About Tracking the Stable Branch

Jamie Paul Griffin jamie at
Tue Aug 28 20:31:33 UTC 2012


I am following 9 Stable. I have read the handbook information and I am now subscribed to this list and the svn-src-stable-9@ list.

Even after reading the handbook, what i'm not clear about is this:

I see individual commits being submitted to the source tree; do I:

	- patch and update each individual commit, or;

	- rebuild world say once every couple of days or even each day to incorporate the changes, and;

	- does the kernel need to be rebuilt and reinstalled each time if using the first option. Obviously I would have to if rebuilding world (the second option).

Am I right in thinking that it also depends on the type of change; i.e. if the change is to a kernel and/or a kernel module then clearly I need to rebuild the kernel. But, then would I need to rebuild the userland as well?

I hope I am making sense and not asking dumb questions, I just want to be clear about the process. 

Essentially, I want to know if it's necessary to rebuild the entire userland and kernel sources just to incorporate a small number of changes. Obviously that's a lot of time compiling. Or, do I just patch the commited files and rebuild that bit of the sourse tree and the kernel if necessary due to the type of change made. 

I've not followed a FreeBSD stable branch before so just wanted to clarify those points. I'd like to be involved with testing things for the project, etc. 

Best wishes, 

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