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SubjectRe: is the weeks before -rc1 the time to really be working on -next?
On Wed, 15 Oct 2008 23:36:07 +0100
Alan Cox <> wrote:

> > first. So everyone who has been changing stuff which is outside their
> > area of responsibility and breaking other people's stuff would get to
> > see the consequences of their actions instead of Stephen and I bearing
> > the brunt of it all the time.
> >
> >
> > I fear we've reached the stage now where people are merrily merging
> > bright-and-shiny things into their local trees without giving much
> > thought at all to the consequences for others.
> Its not that simple. There are areas where the tree divides don't fit the
> coding divides. ttydev was horribly entwined with USB and there really
> wasn't a way to break that up at the time in question. Because -next
> tries to assemble all the trees based on Linus tree it can't cope with
> that case well at all and in fact there was some neccessary rule bending
> to make next work out where some of the ttydev work was done with ttydev
> on top of other subtrees.

Yes, sometimes there are nasty special cases and I of course understand
that and I did allow for it in making that assertion. There's quite a
lot of gratuitous lazy stuff happening too.

> So at times it would be very helpful with -next to be able to do limited
> tree ordering. If I could have flagged tty as requiring USB first for
> example there would have been a lot less pain involved.

Well there's an alternative here: you base the ttydev tree on top of
linux-next. That way we spread the load around a bit.

But the problem here is that once linux-next merges your patches, you
no longer have a tree on which to base your patches! You need to get
your hands on "linux-next without my stuff" to maintain them.

I'm in the same situation with -mm and I do have a scheme planned for
that, but it'll involve asking Stephen to add a "mm starts here" tag,
so I can extract "linux-next without my stuff". (I still haven't got
around to making this happen - I've become a fulltime reject fixer).

But the problem with that scheme is that it'd be hard to generalise for
other trees. Or maybe not - we can just say "Alan goes first, then
-mm". Then you piggyback on top of the infrastructure which I use.

Then again, the ttydev problem was hopefully a once-off, so we don't
need to do anything now.

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