[Ksummit-2012-discuss] [ATTEND] Your upstream maintainer just isn't that into you...

Guenter Roeck linux at roeck-us.net
Tue Jun 26 05:03:19 UTC 2012

On Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 02:20:13PM +1000, NeilBrown wrote:
> On Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:44:47 -0700 "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa at zytor.com> wrote:
> > On 06/25/2012 06:44 PM, Dan Williams wrote:
> > > Can we do a better job of bounding the maximum latency for acceptance
> > > or rejection of a patch?  Are there barriers for maintainers asking
> > > for or accepting help, even on a temporary basis?
> > 
> > There shouldn't be.  In fact, anyone can help a maintainer by reviewing 
> > patches and giving them a Reviewed-by: if good and feedback if bad.
> > 
> Maybe the issues are more subtle.
> Is asking for help a sign of weakness?  Is that a problem?
> Does asking for help impose on others?  Does that make us reticent to do it?
> Do we properly show appreciation when help is provided (BTW, thanks Dan for
> recent review of some RAID5 patches while I was on leave - I really
> appreciate it).
> Do we have good role-models of maintainership?  Linus, Andrew Morton, Greg KH
> all do fantastic jobs, but appear a bit like one-man-bands.  Are there good
> examples of load-sharing that we can look to and emulate?
> I'd be more than happy to have a co-maintainer (or 2) for md/raid, but the
> various people who have shown an interested and even an aptitude never
> stayed for long.  Did I scare them away by being too competent and not
> sharing enough?
I don't think one can be too competent. I don't know about you, not following
md/raid, but some of the maintainers at times seem to be a bit rude. I can
understand that - sometimes it gets hard if people just don't seem to listen,
or if one has to repeat the same statement for the 50th time.

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