Re: [PATCH 19/62] Driver-Core: devtmpfs - remove EXPERIMENTAL andenable it by default

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Wed Mar 03 2010 - 16:48:23 EST

On Wed, 3 Mar 2010, Greg KH wrote:
> Ok, I'll change this. Do you want me to redo the whole series, or just
> add another patch to revert the 'default y' option here?

I'm ok with just changing the default. I wanted to make a stink over it
just to make people aware that we already have kernels too big by default,
and we shouldn't change the default semantics of making a config without
some major reasons.

Btw, I do think that when you do pull requests during the merge window,
you should seriously think about basing them on top of some known-stable
kernel (ie the previous release) rather than some random
kernel-of-the-day like you seem to.

It's much easier to bisect problems if you'er not fighting multiple
overlapping bugs, for example - and since you move from quilt to git
apparently just based on whatever was the most recent git tree when you do
that move, it really means that in case the kernel you picked was
unstable, it's going to be a _bitch_ to bisect any problems introduced in
your series.

Why? Say that the base you picked happened to simply not boot at all (or
had something like the PCI problem that I encountered that made X not run
on my machine) for somebody. Now _all_ those commits you did in that
series are going to be essentially untestable on such a machine - and
think about what happens if the problem happens mainly on the same
machines that had the other bug too?

Anyway, I don't know whether you picked a good spot to do your series or
not, but it _looked_ like a pretty random spot. It might be perfectly
good. But just in general, since you always generate your trees from a
quilt series anyway, I suspect we migth be better off (at least for the
initial merge window series) to base them on the closest thing we have to
a "known good" base, namely the previous release. Rather than some "maybe
fine" point in the middle of the merge window.

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