[syslinux] About 4.xx and 6.xx

Didier Spaier didier at slint.fr
Fri Jun 10 13:42:23 PDT 2016

On 10/06/2016 20:30, Ady via Syslinux wrote:
>> On 01/06/2016 03:24, Ady via Syslinux wrote:> @Didier,
>>> There were several potential fixes and improvements that were never 
>>> back-ported to the "syslinux-4.xx" branch. The very few commits in that 
>>> branch could be added to interested distributions without releasing a 
>>> new official version.
>>> Moreover, there were potential new features / additions that were also 
>>> not introduced to the "syslinux-4.xx" branch.
>>> IMHO, the few changes after 4.07 do not justify a 4.08 official 
>>> release.
>> Thanks for your answer Ady.
>> However, I cloned the repo and "git branch" only returns:
>> * master
>> How can I find this "syslinux-4.xx" branch or at least spot the commits
>> in that branch more recent than the 4.07 release?
>> A did a bit of RTFM but am not acquainted with git so any clue will be
>> appreciated.
>> Sorry for this < newbie question and thanks in advance.
>> Didier
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> Please see:
>  http://repo.or.cz/syslinux.git/shortlog/refs/heads/syslinux-4.xx 
> At the time of this writing, it should be fairly easy to see the 
> "syslinux-4.xx" head reference, the "syslinux-4.07" tag (slightly down 
> the page), and the few commits between them.

Yes, thanks Ady.

> Since I am not a developer, I'd rather not post git commands that I do 
> not use myself frequently enough. Hopefully someone else might be able 
> to help you with the adequate git command(s).

To make a tarball of that branch I just did:
git archive --prefix=syslinux-4.07-2060610/ origin/syslinux-4.xx | \
xz > ../syslinux-today/syslinux-4.07-2060610.tar.xz

I checked with a diff that I get the same files as downloading the
tar.gz file that corresponds to the most recent commit in that branch.

I will try to build from that and get back here in case of issue.

> I would like to mention, again, that most commits in the master branch 
> have not been back-ported to the older branches, and thus if / when the 
> "syslinux-4.xx" head would be re-built with newer / current versions of 
> its building dependencies (e.g. gcc, binutils,...), there is a chance 
> of getting worthless binaries, or at least with some misbehavior.

I am also wondering what are all the other not merged branches:
/tmp/syslinux$ git branch -r --no-merged master

Best regards,

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