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SubjectRe: HTC Dream aka. t-mobile g1 support
Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 05:00:30AM -0700, David Miller wrote:
>> From: Russell King - ARM Linux <>
>> Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 12:49:12 +0100
>>> I can not keep up with the number of patches that need to be
>>> reviewed and ultimately merged. I know this, and I freely admit it,
>>> and I have done so on many occasions.
>> Then split up the responsibilities to other people instead of being
>> the choke point. Controlling everything isn't so important.
> Don't you think that I've been trying to get other people to be more
> involved?
> - I've been pushing people to send patches to the relevent mailing
> list(s) and maintainer(s) for years.
> - I've been pushing people to send their ARM patches to the ARM
> mailing list rather than directly into the patch system for review
> (it even has a comment telling people this) so that others can get
> involved in reviewing them, and sharing that work load.
> Do you think either have been anywhere near successful?
> For the most part, the answer is no. People concentrate on their own
> areas, and won't look at someone with a new class of platforms (eg,
> the STMP or W90x900 stuff).
> I'd absolutely love it if the review load could be shared, but for the
> most part it just doesn't happen. Everyone's far too busy with their
> own stuff to help out (and that's a reason that they'll give if tackled
> head on about it.)

Question on this: I occasionally review patches where I have the
knowledge or interest. Most of the time however, I do not have the
hardware needed to actually test the patches, and so my reviews are
simply coding style, etc. I don't want to add my acked-by to something I
can't test, or am not at reasonably confident is okay (ie haven't
tested, but know the hardware well enough to be satisfied the patch is
okay by reading it).

The problem I see for developers I do reviews for, is that they post a
patch, I do a code review, the post an update looking for an acked-by,
and the best I can say is "looks okay to me, but get someone else to ack
it". Whats the best approach here? Should I just add my Reviewed-by tag,
or should can/should I ack patches where I think the code is okay, but
can't test.


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