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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Promise 'stex' driver
Ed Lin wrote:
> So it seems there are several possibilities here(regarding no.1 comment):
> 1.The bridge code is kept unchanged. And, as this is a violation to
> Linux tradition and requirement, it could not be admitted upstream.
> 2.The code could be modified to be conforming to Linux standard. But,
> we are new to Linux. Maybe we need some specific instructions to know
> how to do it. Sorry if this request becomes annoying.
> 3.Remove the code.
>
> We are wondering what should we do next. We are seeking the community's
> help, and advice, something we definitely need.

The normal process for submitting changes to the Linux kernel is by
submitting a series of patches, each containing a single logical set of
changes. For example:

[PATCH 1/4] stex: white space/ minor fix(INQUIRY, max_channel)
[PATCH 2/4] stex: add new device ids
[PATCH 3/4] stex: update internal copy code path
[PATCH 4/4] stex: add hard reset function

Each patch may be dependent on prior patches. Each patch should produce
a usable driver, e.g.

patch #1 must produce a usable driver.
patch #1 + #2 must produce a usable driver.
patch #1 + #2 + #3 must produce a usable driver.
patch #2 + #3 (missing patch #1) need not produce a usable driver.

This is analogous to a mathematical proof: each step in the proof
describes a complete equation.

Therefore, to move forward, I would suggest that you break up your
submitted patch into multiple patches, ordered such that the PCI
bridge-related code is in the final patch. This permits me to
immediately merge patches not related to PCI bridge stuff, while
simultaneously discussing the hard reset/bridge change.

Note that this is standard iterative development:

1. 'stex' driver development, testing.
2. Post a set of 'stex' patches.
3. Community reviews patches.
4. Upstream maintainer merges some or all of the patches.
5. Go to step #1, perhaps to resend (changed or unchanged)
the patches that were not merged.

Regards,

Jeff



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