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SubjectRe: is the weeks before -rc1 the time to really be working on -next?
On Wed, 15 Oct 2008 16:08:21 -0700 (PDT)
David Miller <davem@davemloft.net> wrote:

> From: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 15:53:53 -0700
>
> > 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 know this doesn't work for you, but if you ran -mm just like any
> other GIT tree it might mesh a whole lot better.

A lot of -mm is "small random subsystem trees", maybe 100 in total.
They'd work fine as git trees.

There are also 100-odd "trees" in -mm (many of which have zero length)
which are "things to bug a subsystem maintainer with". Alas, subsystem
maintainers like to fumble the patches I send them, then merge other
stuff which breaks the patches which I'm maintaining for them. So in
reality each of those 100-odd trees is based on and tracks a separate
git tree. Or, of course, on linux-next.. Sometimes I end up
maintaining these for a *long* time - years.

Then there are the nasty ones - patches which weren't factored into
"core patch followed by per-maintainer patches" and which need to go in
as a single hit. Fortuntely these are relatively rare and we _could_
push harder to break them into core-plus-per-maintainer form. Or I
could just lose the emails ;) They often tend to not be terribly
important.

> And in reality that kind of situation isn't a big deal in the
> context of -next. People are rebasing their trees all the time
> there, and it mostly seems to work itself out.
>
> It's a lot more work for a contributor to do work against -mm,
> since the response to "which -mm should I work against and where
> do I get it from" is a bit more involved that just "pull from
> this GIT tree and do your work on top of that."
>
> And just like networking we could have Stephen treat the -mm
> GIT tree as "important" which roughly means that other conflicting
> trees will be knocked out of a -next release in deference to -mm.
>
> Those people will have to fix their stuff, not you. And you'll
> always therefore get coverage in -next.

Yes, but then people would end up being based on linux-next, and that's
a pretty rubbery target with all the rebasing and trees getting
dropped, etc. And they'd accidentally end up having to actually
compile and run linux-next, shock-horror-oh-the-humanity.

> Unlike the general sentiment expressed here, I think -next is helping.
> Even if only because Stephen pokes people with trees causing problems
> on a daily basis.

yup. Plus the runtime testing.

I doubt if the world would end if we just stopped trying to run any of
these uber-trees. Everyone bases their work on mainline and then
everything goes smash/bang/curse during the merge window. It wouldn't
be pretty, but it'd sure make people merge their trees promptly ;)




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