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Linus Torvalds is not much of a fan of GitHub's "absolutely useless garbage merges"

Linus Torvalds flipping the bird

A few days ago, Paragon Software Group, a company that deals with various storage technologies, submitted a pull request for its NTFS read/write driver dubbed NTFS3 for the upcoming Linux 5.15 kernel.

Linux head honcho Linus Torvalds however wasn't too pleased with the submission. While Torvalds really didn't have too much of an issue with the NTFS3 pull request itself, he was rather annoyed however at the GitHub merge commit in it, as apparently, the Linux boss does not like GitHub merges much, if at all.

Here's what Linus Torvalds has said in a response to Paragon Software in a rather familiar stern manner about the GitHub merges:

github creates absolutely useless garbage merges, and you should never ever use the github interfaces to merge anything.

github is a perfectly fine hosting site, and it does a number of other things well too, but merges is not one of those things.

Linux kernel merges need to be done *properly*. That means proper commit messages with information about what is being merged and *why* you merge something. But it also means proper authorship and committer information etc. All of which github entirely screws up.

Finally. Torvalds also revealed what he would much rather prefer instead of GitHub when it comes to Linux kernel merges:

for continued development you need to do things properly. That means doing merges from the command line, not using the entirely broken github web interface.

So command line it is for Linus Torvalds then.

Source: lkml

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