Getting Started

Sumeet pawnikar sumeet4linux at
Mon Aug 5 12:44:25 EDT 2013

Hi Valdis,

Thanks for these steps,

On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 6:05 PM, <Valdis.Kletnieks at> wrote:

> On Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:32:59 +0530, you said:
> > I am a computer science student. I want to contribute to the open source
> > projects, debugging. As it is my first time, i need some guidance.
> (a) You're better off replying to the list, as you then get answers from
> others besides me.  Redirecting  back to the list.
> (b) If you want to actually *help*, and have it set on being the kernel
> rather
> than any one of thousands of deserving userspace projects, your best bet is
> 1) learn to build and install a self-compiled kernel.
> 2) just get a copy of the 'linux-next' tree

Do we need to git clone 'linux-next' tree or 'linus' tree ?

> 3) Update and build kernels every few days
> 4) watch them fail (and fail they will - I have at least 3 bugs I've
> tripped
> over in the past week to report still)
> 5) Use 'git bisect' to identify the patch that caused the failure, and
> report
> it to the appropriate people.
> Quite frankly, the kernel needs less half-baked patches from novices, and
> more
> qualified testers.  And you can get up to speed on testing a heck of a lot
> faster than you can learn all the ins and outs of kernel code hacking.
> And if you're ambitious, you can always add "(6) include a patch fixing
> the problem" once you get better at it...
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