Re: [tip:core/urgent] MAINTAINERS: Restore "" entries

From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Wed Jan 22 2014 - 12:36:34 EST

* Joe Perches <joe@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Your main argument is that some people don't cc lkml
> because section entries don't specify it explicitly.

No, my main argument continues to be that having a 'at a glance'
contact summary _in a single place_ is eminently useful to humans,
because it's so simple:

>> In hindsight removing all the "L: lkml" entries was probably not
>> an overly good idea, not all mechanic duplication should be
>> eliminated: in files read by humans it's useful to have 'at a
>> glance' summary for all email addresses important to a subsystem's
>> maintenance, in a single place, without too many imported rules
>> and assumptions.

No amount of rules written elsewhere can counter that simple concept!

> My main argument, which you elided, is that some people
> will not cc lkml because they will see some sections
> with L: entries with lkml and others without, and will
> therefore _not_ cc lkml instead.

That continues to be an invalid argument for two main reasons:

1) People tend to think local and are not very good at importing
context when on unfamiliar terrain.

2) The 'problem' you outline can be solved with technology by simply
adding back the proper lkml entries. The number of eyeballs
looking at MAINTAINERS is probably at least two orders of
magnitude higher than the number of changes done to that file, so
it's worth having a good summary for every entry. Or at least
it's worth having it for the subsystems I care about.

The problem _I_ outlined, that people won't Cc: lkml if they don't see
it in the MAINTAINERS entry could only be solved by changing people's
behavior, which approach in my experience rarely works.

> So I think the rule should be either every section has
> an lkml entry or no section does.
> Pick one.

No, you continue to misunderstand my argument. I think the rule should
be for you to honestly read and reply to arguments when they are
presented to you, especially when done twice in a row. You never even
_acknowledged_ my main point, let alone countered it successfully.
Hence you came up with this false 'conclusion' prematurely and
presented it with baseless, cocky self-confidence.

What an annoyingly unproductive waste of time.


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