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SubjectRe: [PATCH] update xfs maintainers
On 11/08/2013 05:03 PM, Ben Myers wrote:
> Hey Ric,
> On Fri, Nov 08, 2013 at 03:50:21PM -0500, Ric Wheeler wrote:
>> On 11/08/2013 03:46 PM, Ben Myers wrote:
>>> Hey Christoph,
>>> On Fri, Nov 08, 2013 at 11:34:24AM -0800, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>>>> On Fri, Nov 08, 2013 at 12:03:37PM -0600, Ben Myers wrote:
>>>>> Mark is replacing Alex as my backup because Alex is really busy at
>>>>> Linaro and asked to be taken off awhile ago. The holiday season is
>>>>> coming up and I fully intend to go off my meds, turn in to Fonzy the
>>>>> bear, and eat my hat. I need someone to watch the shop while I'm off
>>>>> exploring on Mars. I trust Mark to do that because he is totally
>>>>> awesome.
>>>> Doing this as an unilateral decisions is not something that will win you
>>>> a fan base.
>>> It's posted for review.
>>>> While we never had anything reassembling a democracy in Linux Kernel
>>>> development making decisions without even contacting the major
>>>> contributor is wrong, twice so if the maintainer is a relatively minor
>>>> contributor to start with.
>>>> Just because it recent came up elsewhere I'd like to recite the
>>>> definition from Trond here again:
>>>> By many of the creative roles enlisted there it's clear that Dave should
>>>> be the maintainer. He's been the main contributor and chief architect
>>>> for XFS for many year, while the maintainers came and went at the mercy
>>>> of SGI. This is not meant to bad mouth either of you as I think you're
>>>> doing a reasonably good job compared to other maintainers, but at the
>>>> same time the direction is set by other people that have a much longer
>>>> involvement with the project, and having them officially in control
>>>> would help us forward a lot. It would also avoid having to spend
>>>> considerable resources to train every new generation of SGI maintainer.
>>>> Coming to and end I would like to maintain Dave Chinner as the primary
>>>> XFS maintainer for all the work he has done as biggest contributor and
>>>> architect of XFS since longer than I can remember, and I would love to
>>>> retain Ben Myers as a co-maintainer for all the good work he has done
>>>> maintaining and reviewing patches since November 2011.
>>> I think we're doing a decent job too. So thanks for that much at least. ;)
>>>> I would also like to use this post as a public venue to condemn the
>>>> unilateral smokey backroom decisions about XFS maintainership that SGI is
>>>> trying to enforce on the community.
>>> That really didn't happen Christoph. It's not in my tree or in a pull request.
>>> Linus, let me know what you want to do. I do think we're doing a fair job over
>>> here, and (geez) I'm just trying to add Mark as my backup since Alex is too
>>> busy. I know the RH people want more control, and that's understandable, but
>>> they really don't need to replace me to get their code in. Ouch.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Ben
>> Christoph is not a Red Hat person.
>> Jeff is from Oracle.
>> This is not a Red Hat vs SGI thing,
> Sorry if my read on that was wrong.

I do appreciate the work and effort you and the SGI team put in but think that
this will be a good way to keep the community happier and even more productive
going forward.
>> Dave simply has earned the right
>> to take on the formal leadership role of maintainer.
> Then we're gonna need some Reviewed-bys. ;)

Those should come from the developers, thanks!


> From: Ben Myers <>
> xfs: update maintainers
> Add Dave as maintainer of XFS.
> Signed-off-by: Ben Myers <>
> ---
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> ===================================================================
> --- a/MAINTAINERS 2013-11-08 15:20:18.935186245 -0600
> +++ b/MAINTAINERS 2013-11-08 15:22:50.685245977 -0600
> @@ -9387,8 +9387,8 @@ F: drivers/xen/*swiotlb*
> P: Silicon Graphics Inc
> +M: Dave Chinner <>
> M: Ben Myers <>
> -M: Alex Elder <>
> M:
> L:
> W:

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