[Ksummit-2012-discuss] [ATTEND] stable kernel stuff and grumpy maintainers [bisection/rebase/-next]

Jason Wessel jason.wessel at windriver.com
Thu Jun 21 13:59:24 UTC 2012

On 06/21/2012 08:45 AM, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-06-21 at 21:24 +0800, Fengguang Wu wrote:
>> On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 08:12:18AM -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
>>> On Thu, 2012-06-21 at 11:43 +0800, Fengguang Wu wrote:
>>>> Strictly speaking, 32 randconfigs may only cover a small fraction of
>>>> the full 32 combination space. That could be something improvable. 
>>> But if you have a large number of people testing randconfigs and
>>> different hardware, that would be much better wont it? A SETI project
>>> for kernel builds ;-)
>> Right. And just count me as one of them ;-)
> Note, this was the motivation for pushing ktest. To get more people an
> easy setup to automate their tests. It wasn't to replace a setup if you
> already had one. It was to get new people to have a drop in tool that
> they can easily run randconfig tests or other things on their kernels.
> It was to try to get that SETI mentality wrt kernel testing.

There are really two groups we need to break into for the mentality.

1) The arbitrary developer who submits something to a maintainer.

   * Updating the "process for contributing" with some more
     recommendations like "do this..." would be good.

2) The maintainers with non-reversible trees

  * Having a maintainer who can get a 24 hour period before etching
    something in stone in non-reversible branches would be a world
    better than what we have today.
  * It is not clear if maintainers would bite on this or not, just
    because I would doesn't mean anyone else will.


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