I have been affected by, and helped to debug, a kernel bug. A patch has been created by the maintainer of the module, and submitted.

I am interested to know how the patch propagates through to binary update releases. I am using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which uses kernel 3.13, so, for me, the patch will need to be backported at the very least.

Ideally I would like to pin my kernel on an existing, pre-bug version (3.12 as it happens), and then, when the patch becomes available as an update, un-pin it. How will I know when to un-pin? Can I somehow track the progress of the patch through the system?

(I hope that this question is generic enough to be useful to others, but as a matter of interest, this is the bug in question and this is the patch commit email.)

  • If I remember right, when the patch works its way through release the bug is updated. Why not just apply the patch yourself? – Nathan C Dec 7 '14 at 22:43
  • The patch being released on kernel.org is distinct from the patch making its way into various binary distributions, though. As for applying the patch myself - certainly I can do that, but ultimately I want to use the automatically updating distribution binaries, so that I get security fixes and so on, and so the question is the same - how do I know when the fix has made it into my particular distribution, so I know when I can start using their binaries again? – TenMinJoe Dec 8 '14 at 14:15

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