[Ksummit-2012-discuss] [ATTEND] stable-kernel git management?

Takashi Iwai tiwai at suse.de
Wed Jun 20 13:13:17 UTC 2012

At Wed, 20 Jun 2012 09:02:32 -0400,
Josh Boyer wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 02:33:32PM +0200, Takashi Iwai wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I'd like to join this year's kernel summit.  I can bring expertise
> > from the sound subsystem maintenance and raise issues learned from the
> > Linux laptop / desktop preload experiences.
> > 
> > Like many people have already commented on stable kernel process, I'm
> > also interested in it.  Especially whether it makes sense to allow
> > maintainers to send pull requests to Greg and others.
> > 
> > Currently, we receive patch bombs from Greg when patches are queued or
> > in the review phase before the stable release.  But it's hard to
> > follow whether all necessary patches are merged only from these
> > individual patch mails.  I often loose some overview.
> > 
> > After all, it's the subsystem maintainer who knows well about the
> > commits they did, what should be applied to which kernel and how.
> > I'm willing to do the backport or merge to the stable kernel for my
> > own commits at the same time I commit to the for-linus branch, then
> > give Greg to pull.
> Dave Miller does this for the net tree already, though I don't think it
> is a pull request.  I believe he queues the patches he feels are
> necessary and then sends them in one large patch.

OK, that's good to know.

> That sounds like something any maintainer could ask Greg to work from.

Yeah, but a general guideline would be good to have, IMO.

> > This also helps in some cases where the patch is not trivial to
> > backport.  So far, I prepare an extra patch and send to stable after
> > merge to Linus tree, but I forget often due to this delay.
> > 
> > Or, at least, if we can have the expanded to-be-released-as-stable
> > git tree, it'd help the review for me...
> Greg keeps the unreleased patches in a quilt series in the stable-queue
> git tree.  Is that not sufficient?  If not, why?

Well, it's no expanded tree.  I'm just too lazy to do "get the latest
linux-stable.git, update stable-queue.git, apply series" at each time


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