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A Practical Guide to using Git, From a Kernel Maintainer's Perspective

James E.J. Bottomley (james.bottomley@hansenpartnership.com)

Git is a distributed source control tool that is now essential to the way the kernel operates. It has many other source control features as well. It is also very useful at simple patch lifecycle management (a feature a lot of people use quilt for) and project source control. This tutorial will go over the major features of git both as a contribution management tool and as a patch management infrastructure with a particular eye on the practical utilities of using it from the point of view of someone who does so on a daily basis. If you've ever wondered how to bisect, what all the fuss over rebase is about, how to trace changes through files, manage branches or just generate a diff from one kernel version to another, this tutorial will show you how.



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