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SubjectRe: Small student project idea on appropriate integration trees in MAINTAINERS
On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 12:54 AM Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net> wrote:
>
> On Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:22:24 +0100
> Lukas Bulwahn <lukas.bulwahn@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > In this project, we can make use of:
> >
> > - gitdm [git://git.lwn.net/gitdm.git]: gitdm includes some scripts to
> > parse MAINTAINERS and obtain the integration tree patch of a commit.
>
> Look also at the 'treeplot' tool there, which determines which tree(s)
> each patch went through and makes pretty (OK, not hugely pretty) pictures
> from the result.

Thanks, we are well aware, and that is a good reminder for Basak and
me to get our gitdm treeplot patches in shape for proper submission.

>
> I suspect you'll find that the tree information is mostly correct.

Your suspicion, which is counter to my hypothesis, makes this
investigation worthwhile just to see how correct that information
really is.

> Developers need to know that to be able to base their patches properly; an
> incorrect entry would lead to a certain amount of maintainer misery.
>

Maybe the missing or wrong information in MAINTAINERS or the lack of
clear recommendation for new developers to a kernel subsystem on which
integration tree a patch shall apply to is one of the reasons for some
maintainers' misery.

Let us find someone interested to measure and investigate and then we
will see...


Lukas

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