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Git is the new SCM used by the Linux kernel developers. Ubuntu has adopted this tool for our own Linux kernel source code so that we can interact better with the community and the other kernel developers.

Current GIT Trees

  • devel: rsync://
  • edgy: rsync://
  • dapper: rsync://

Getting GIT

To obtain the git binaries, simply install the git-core package from dapper, e.g.:

sudo apt-get install git-core

Note that the git package is an entirely different tool which will not do what you want.

Getting the Ubuntu Linux kernel repo

The Ubuntu Linux kernel git repository is located at rsync:// To download a local copy of the repo, use this command:

  git clone rsync:// ubuntu-2.6

This will take some time depending on your connection. There's around 110Megs of data to download currently (and this always increases).

Once this is complete, you can keep your tree up-to-date by running this command:

  git pull

Pushing changes to the main repo

Since the main repo is not publicly writable, the primary means for sending patches to the kernel team is using git-format-patch. The output from this command can then be sent to the [ kernel-team] mailing list.

Alternatively, if you have a publicly available git repository for which changes can be pulled from, you can use git-request-pull to generate an email message to send to the [ kernel-team] mailing list.

Commit templates

In debian/commit-templates/ there are several templates that must be used when commiting changes that you expect to be integrated with the Ubuntu kernel repo. The commit templates contain comments for how to fill out the required information. Also note that all commits must have a Signed-off-by line (the "-s" option to git-commit). A typical git-commit command will look like:

  git-commit -s -F debian/commit-templates/patch -e

Note that the -e (edit) option must follow the -F option, else git will not let you edit the commit-template before committing.

An example commit log will look like such:

  [UBUNTU:scsi] My cool change to the scsi subsystem

  UpstreamStatus: Merged with 2.6.15-rc3

  My cool change to the scsi subsystem makes scsi transfers increase
  magically to 124GiB/sec.

  Signed-off-by: Joe Cool Hacker <>

Ubuntu kernel developers (with access to rookery)

In order to have your git repo pulled automatically, follow these instructions.

First, login to rookery, and perform these commands:

  $ mkdir public_html/archives
  $ cd public_html/archives
  $ git clone -s -n -l /home/bcollins/public_html/archives/ubuntu-2.6.git ubuntu-2.6
  $ mv ubuntu-2.6/.git ubuntu-2.6.git
  $ rmdir ubuntu-2.6

This will create ~/public_html/archives/ubuntu-2.6.git. Note, this is not used for you to pull from (since you should always pull from However, you can let others pull from this repo if you have things you want them to test. The -s flag allows your repo to share objects with the main one. This helps reduce space used on rookery.

To push your repo to your rookery clone, do:

  git push ssh://<yourname>/public_html/archives/ubuntu-2.6.git

You must email the [ kernel-team] mailing list with your username, in order to be added to the list of repo's to pull into the main repo.

Any work you do in the master (HEAD) will automatically be merged into the main repo. Any work that you perform that you wish to keep locally, should be done on a branch.

More information

Please read the documentation included with the git source for more details on git commands.


KernelTeam/KernelGitGuide (last edited 2010-06-28 23:55:41 by c-76-105-148-120)