Re: linux-next: current pending merge fix patches

From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Mon Mar 01 2010 - 04:19:49 EST

* Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> * Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> > So i'd argue to not backmerge during the merge window (and i have stopped
> > doing that myself a few cycles ago, and it clearly helped things) - but in
> > any case it's certainly no big deal and up to Linus i guess.
> What i do instead is that once Linus pulls from me i pull back immediately
> to test, and if it's fine i base further subsystem patches on that and test
> the heck out of the combination from that point on.

A sidenote: this is only advisable if the testing in the subsystem tree is
strong, if there were many changes with interactions and if Linus's tree is
still in its stable phase (like now).

For slower-pace subsystems it's often good to be even more conservative with
backmerges: to wait until -rc1 with any backmerges and to to generally not
backmerge non-rc-release versions of Linus's tree.

That way the development commits and the followup fix commits stay in one
linear branch of history, with no backmerge inbetween, easily bisectable and
testable on a stable base all the way.


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