Re: linux-next: manual merge of the staging tree with thetarget-merge tree

From: Nicholas A. Bellinger
Date: Fri Jul 20 2012 - 19:12:26 EST

Hi Greg,

On Fri, 2012-07-20 at 21:42 +0300, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 11:03:58AM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> > On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 10:52:58AM -0700, Nicholas A. Bellinger wrote:
> > > Hi Greg,
> > >


> > > This was a request from MST (CC'ed) in order to have TCM_VHOST show up
> > > under the staging configuration options..
> >
> > If you really want it to show up there, then send me a patch adding the
> > code to drivers/staging/. Otherwise it really makes no sense.
> >
> > > If that's really not what should be done, I'm happy to drop this part
> > > and just use CONFIG_STAGING again.
> >
> > Why are you wanting to depend on CONFIG_STAGING in the first place?
> > What is wrong with the code that it can't be merged "properly" now?
> > Don't use CONFIG_STAGING as a "crutch" unless you really need it.
> >
> > thanks,
> >
> > greg k-h
> It's very similar to how it was with nouveau: we are not sure
> we can commit to the userspace ABI yet.
> Most importantly, it still seems not 100% clear whether this driver will
> have major userspace using it. And if not, it would be very hard to
> support a driver when recent userspace does not use it in the end.
> At the moment arguments on upstream mailing list seem to be
> a bit circular: there's no module in upstream kernel so
> userspace does not want to accept the patches.
> If we put enabling this driver in staging, then it works out in one of
> two ways
> - userspace starts using it then this effectively freezes the ABI and
> we move it out of staging next release
> - no userspace uses it and we drop it completely or rework ABI
> On the other hand, it is marginally better to not want code in staging
> for two reasons:
> - there are dependencies between this code and other code in
> drivers/vhost which are easier for me to handle if it's all
> in one place
> - a bit easier to track history if we do not move code
> What do you think?

After chatting with MST off-list he asked for a RFC-v4 series with one
extra change to vhost.h wrt the vhost-scsi ioctl defs. He also said he
is OK with taking the first three patches -v4 through vhost.git and
letting staging take tcm_vhost. Of course we'd need staging to depend
on vhost for that to work <cough> (compile) properly.. ;)

I'd like to re-spin -v4 this evening so that he can review + ACK the
full series before leaving for holiday tomorrow, so please let me know
what you'd prefer to do here.

So that said, do you prefer having tcm_vhost moved into drivers/staging
for -v4, or should we just be using a CONFIG_STAGING tag in
drivers/vhost/ and be done with it..?

Thank you!


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