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SubjectRe: [PATCH] update xfs maintainers
On 11/08/2013 05:17 PM, Ben Myers wrote:
> Hey Ric,
> On Fri, Nov 08, 2013 at 05:07:45PM -0500, Ric Wheeler wrote:
>> 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!
> I actually do need your Reviewed-by. We'll try and get this one in 3.13. ;)
> Thanks,
> Ben

Happy to do that - I do think that Dave mostly posts from his
account, but he can comment once he gets back online.

Reviewed-by: Ric Wheeler <>
>>> From: Ben Myers <>
>>> xfs: update maintainers
>>> Add Dave as maintainer of XFS.
>>> Signed-off-by: Ben Myers <>
>>> ---
>>> MAINTAINERS | 2 +-
>>> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>> Index: b/MAINTAINERS
>>> ===================================================================
>>> --- 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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