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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] [1/2many] - FInd the maintainer(s) for a patch - scripts/

    On Mon, 13 Aug 2007, Arjan van de Ven wrote:

    > On Mon, 2007-08-13 at 19:33 +0200, Mariusz Kozlowski wrote:
    > > Hello,
    > >
    > > I don't recall discusion about this so here are my 3 cents:
    > >
    > > I like the idea.
    > I don't actually. It shows a central MAINTAINERS file is the wrong
    > approach; just that 500+ patches to the same file were needed shows
    > that.
    > The maintainer info should be in the source file itself! That's the only
    > reasonable way to keep it updated; now I'm all for having it machine
    > parsable so that tools can use it, but it still really should be in the
    > code itself, not in some central file that will always just go out of
    > data, and will be a huge source of needless patch conflicts.

    I second this thought (keeping MAINTAINERS info closer to code than in
    a central kernel-global location), but have a differing opinion about the
    implementation. Having MAINTAINERS-style annotations in all source files
    sounds needlessly redundant. Worse still, I expect people will avoid adding
    these annotations to all source files precisely for this reason, thus
    someone editing drivers/xxx/foo.c would have no idea that the maintainer
    info for this file is actually in drivers/xxx/bar.c.

    Better solution is to have multiple MAINTAINERS files distributed in the
    kernel tree, IMHO -- say a drivers/net/MAINTAINERS for maintainer info on
    all various net drivers, drivers/kvm/MAINTAINERS for KVM maintainer info,
    fs/ext3/MAINTAINERS for ext3 maintainers, fs/MAINTAINERS for generic VFS
    maintainers info, so on and so forth. Of course, these individual
    MAINTAINERS files could still have the newly-introduced "F:" fields as
    well (drivers/net/MAINTAINERS would clearly require it, f.e.) ...

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