Re: stable cc's in linux -next was Re: [BUG] x86: bootmem broken onSGI UV

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Sat Oct 09 2010 - 19:28:23 EST

On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 2:34 PM, Dave Airlie <airlied@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Do we track people dong this at all? I wonder how many patches in
> linux-next have cc: stable in them but haven't been submitted to
> Linus,

The other side of that coin is to wonder how many patches get marked
as "stable" when they definitely shouldn't be.

I know that's a non-empty set. Too many developers think that the
thing they fix is so important that it needs to be backported. And it
doesn't help that Greg is sometimes over-eager to take things without
them being even in my tree long enough to get much testing.

Quite frankly, if somebody has something in "next" (and really meant
for the _next_ merge window, not the current one) that is marked for
stable, I think that shows uncommonly bad taste. And that, in turn,
means that the "stable" tag is also very debatable. It clearly cannot
be important enough to really be for stable if it's not even being
aggressively pushed into the current -rc.

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