[PATCH] ver_linux: uniform output across various linux distros

From: Alexander Kapshuk
Date: Mon Sep 28 2015 - 15:43:10 EST

On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 5:09 PM, Greg KH <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 07:50:37AM +0300, Alexander Kapshuk wrote:
>> Hello,
> Hi!
> First off, your Subject: is a bit odd, you might want to fix up your
> email client :)
>> Having run 'scripts/ver_linux' on my Gentoo system, as well as having
>> looked through some recent bug reports on the kernel bugzilla website
>> showing the output of the script in question, I have observed that
>> the output is not accurate across various distros. While the current
>> implementation of the script expects the version info to be found in
>> particular fields, some of the utilities invoked by the script, output
>> their version information in varying formats, which results in the
>> script displaying information other than the version number.
>> The proposed implementation relies mostly on sed to detect the version
>> numbers more accurately. Running the patched version of the script on
>> the distros below resulted in accurate and uniform output.
>> Gentoo Linux
>> Debian 6.0.10
>> Oracle Linux Server release 7.1
>> Arch Linux
>> The items left unchanged are those I did not have access to. I would
>> be willing to work on those too, if supplied the output of the affected
>> commands whose format differs based on the distro.
> <snip>
> Your patch is a bit complex, you are changing the formatting, and at the
> same time, also changing the code. Please do this in multiple patches,
> one to fix any issues you see, and the second to then clean up the
> formatting, making it easier to actually see what the difference is
> here.
> Also, take a look at Documentation/SubmittingPatches for the proper
> format of a kernel patch to ensure we are able to accept it (hint, your
> patch is missing the signed-off-by line in the body of the changelog
> area).
> thanks,
> greg k-h

Thanks very much for the tips you've given.

I'll go and read through 'Documentation/SubmittingPatches' again, as I
seem not to have clearly understood the things you've pointed out.
I'll get back to the list at a later time, hopefully, with a patch
that meets the requirements.
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