Re: [PATCH 00/17] MAINTAINERS: Add drivers/staging entries

From: Joe Perches
Date: Tue Jun 08 2010 - 17:26:32 EST

On Tue, 2010-06-08 at 14:12 -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 07, 2010 at 11:49:34AM -0700, Joe Perches wrote:
> > Some drivers/staging directories use a TODO file with email entries.
> > Make the same entries in the normal MAINTAINERS file.
> No, please don't do this. I don't want to clutter up the MAINTAINERS
> file with staging stuff.

It's not clutter when it helps get patches to the right reviewers
or responsible parties.

> The script handles staging
> patches just fine today without this being needed at all.


Many of these nominal maintainer email entries are not
found in git logs.

For instance:

$ grep "@" drivers/staging/dt3155/TODO
Please send patches to Greg Kroah-Hartman <greg@xxxxxxxxx>
and Scott Smedley <ss@xxxxxxxxxx>

$ ./scripts/ -f drivers/staging/dt3155/
Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxx>
Simon Horman <horms@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
H Hartley Sweeten <hsweeten@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Some have cc:'d entries, but not many actually have
Signed-off-by's. Perhaps that's because the individuals
are not frequently cc'd on the actual patches. Perhaps
because the people that put their names in the TODO's
just don't care.

> I also found it a bit odd you didn't send these to the stable subsystem
> maintainer, why?

The MAINTAINERS patches are forward going, not historical.

cheers, Joe

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