Re: [git patches] net driver fixes

From: Jeff Garzik
Date: Mon Sep 15 2008 - 19:25:42 EST

On Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 03:41:05PM -0700, David Miller wrote:
> From: Jeff Garzik <jeff@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 18:38:07 -0400
> > He continues to take non-regression fixes and minor cosmetic commits
> > from other trees.
> I could complain about that, but he's pushed back hard enough
> on me that I don't consider that very fruitful.
> Feel free if you want.

My impression was that Linus was in Wrath of God(tm) mode <grin> and he
was reacting strongly for effect not being specific.

But I would rather push my fixes, than complain about others' changes :)

> > Late -rc does not mean "no bug fixes at all except regressions" if you
> > look at the commits going into the kernel tree.
> Actually, since you brought this up, he's allowing this largely in
> obscure subsystems and/or code he happens to be personally working on
> fixes for.

Well, obscure subsystems like PCI

PCI: Fix printk warnings in setup-bus.c
PCI: Fix printk warnings in probe.c

or libata

sata_inic162x: enable LED blinking
ata: duplicate variable sparse warning

or ia64 (this is not a regression, but a regular bug)

ia64: fix panic during `modprobe -r xpc'

or bugs that have existed for a long time,

bfs: fix Lockdep warning

As I understand and observe, Linus never ever wants to create
hard-and-fast rules, in this or anything, but set a general guideline
of not putting in changes (fixes or whatever) late in the game that
have a ghost of a chance of creating further problems. That is the
underlying issue... don't create new headaches, _especially_ for large
userbases ;-)

So, I -totally- understand your reaction, but I think this is erring
too far on the side of caution. Oh well...


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