Re: [PULL] vhost: cleanups and fixes

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Date: Wed Jun 05 2013 - 11:53:15 EST

On Thu, May 02, 2013 at 12:49:42PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Thu, May 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > I prefer not rebasing,
> Good.
> > will play with git to see why
> > does request-pull get me a wrong diffstat and how
> > to trick it into doing the right thing.
> > Maybe merging my branch into master will do this.
> No, don't do an unnecessary merge just to get the diffstat right.
> git pull-request ends up assuming that there are no back-merges, and
> that you have a uniquely defined single shared merge base. That allows
> pull-request to just generate the diff directly from that merge base,
> without actually trying to do the merge itself (which may have
> conflicts etc).
> But because git pull-request doesn't actually *do* the merge, it means
> that it will fail to give the correct diffstat if the tree is
> complicated and has multiple merge bases, and it can't really figure
> what the original shared state was before the development.
> This is just one reason I do *not* want to see back-merges. They make
> history harder to read not just for humans.
> You can either ignore the problem (I'll see the real diffstat when I
> actually do the merge), or you can do a test-merge yourself (that you
> do *not* then push out in the development branch - keep it in a
> temporary branch for your own edification or just delete it after
> doing the merge, and don't do development on it!)
> In this case, it's an indirect back-merge: you back-merged a commit
> from the target tree that I have now merged, so it has become a
> back-merge. I'm not sure why you did that - if you needed to start
> from that state, it would actually have been better to just start at
> that state instead of merging it.

OK I'm in that situation again. I have some vhost-net patches that depend on
changes in tip.
But I also have a vhost-next branch with unrelated changes, that
I started from -rc3.

Previously I would just merge tip into vhost-next, then everyone's
happy, but it will create an implicit back-merge again, won't it?

So what should I do?

Sorry about being dense.

> But whatever. You can get the
> diffstat by using your merge as the base, so
> git diff -M --stat --summary bc7562355fda..
> in your branch should get the right result without any merges etc..
> But please do send me a proper pull request.
> Linus
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