Luck, Tony  committed 352953a

Better advice on using topic branches for kernel development

Linus Torvalds wrote:
> The real problem is that maintainers often pick random - and not at
> all stable - points for their development to begin with. They just
> pick some random "this is where Linus -git tree is today", and do
> their development on top of that. THAT is the problem - they are
> unaware that there's some nasty bug in that version.

Maybe they do this because they read it in the Git user-manual.

Fix the manual to give them better guidance.

Signed-off-by: Tony Luck <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>

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File Documentation/user-manual.txt

 Now to apply some patches from the community.  Think of a short
 snappy name for a branch to hold this patch (or related group of
-patches), and create a new branch from the current tip of Linus's
+patches), and create a new branch from a recent stable tag of
+Linus's branch. Picking a stable base for your branch will:
+1) help you: by avoiding inclusion of unrelated and perhaps lightly
+tested changes
+2) help future bug hunters that use "git bisect" to find problems
-$ git checkout -b speed-up-spinlocks origin
+$ git checkout -b speed-up-spinlocks v2.6.35
 Now you apply the patch(es), run some tests, and commit the change(s).  If