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SubjectBackport dependencies helper
Hi all,

I wanted to share a resource I've been using to help me with doing
backports to various stable kernels.

In the Stable Kernel world, when we need to backport a patch, we'd
rather take any relevant dependencies to make the patch work cleanly on
an older kernel, rather than modifying the patch and diverging from
upstream.

This raises an interesting problem: how do we figure out which other
patches might be "interesting" to look at? git-blame is a great tool,
but it takes a while to go through the history of a patch, and given the
volume of patches we need to look at, it just isn't enough.

So here's a tool in the form of a git repo that can help point out these
interesting patches:

https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/sashal/deps.git/

How does it work, you might ask? It's actually quite simple: Each
directory represents a kernel version which we'll call K, and each file
inside that directory is named after an upstream commit we'll call C,
and it's content are the list of commits one would need to apply on top
of kernel K to "reach" commit C.

For example, let's say we want to apply:

f8788d86ab28 ("Linux 5.6-rc3")

On top of the v5.5 kernel tree. All we need to do is:

$ cat v5.5/f8788d86ab28f61f7b46eb6be375f8a726783636
f8788d86ab28 ("Linux 5.6-rc3")
11a48a5a18c6 ("Linux 5.6-rc2")
bb6d3fb354c5 ("Linux 5.6-rc1")

If you don't feel like cloning the repo (which contains quite a few
files), you can also use kernel.org's web interface in a script that
might look something like this:

#!/bin/bash
curl https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/sashal/deps.git/plain/$1/$2

And then simply:

$ ./deps.sh v5.5 f8788d86ab28f61f7b46eb6be375f8a726783636
f8788d86ab28 ("Linux 5.6-rc3")
11a48a5a18c6 ("Linux 5.6-rc2")
bb6d3fb354c5 ("Linux 5.6-rc1")

Caveats:

- Each file is limited to 50 entries. I feel that at that point it
stops being useful.
- Each file stops if a merge commit is hit.
- I might have bugs in my scripts and some entries are broken, please
report those if you see them.

--
Thanks,
Sasha

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