Re: [3.16 stable PATCH 1/1] virtio-rng: fix multi-device startup

From: Greg KH
Date: Tue Aug 12 2014 - 01:56:36 EST

On Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 11:01:58AM +0530, Amit Shah wrote:
> On (Tue) 12 Aug 2014 [06:55:27], Greg KH wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 06:11:47PM +0530, Amit Shah wrote:
> > > This is a 3.16-only patch. The linux.git fix is
> > > 5c06273401f2eb7b290cadbae18ee00f8f65e893, which fixes this issue in a
> > > different way.
> >
> > Why "different"? Why can't I take that original patch instead? What is
> > different in this patch, and why?
> The commit referenced moves the hwrng_register() call to the ->scan()
> callback instead of it being in probe(). This was done to ensure the
> virtio-rng devices can contribute to the initial system entropy
> introduced in commit d9e7972619334.
> That patch is quite small too, but will need a slight conflict
> resolution due to the previous two code-shuffling patches, and also
> the following revert.
> However, I decided against the backport of the ->scan() method, since
> it wasn't designed to solve this regression, it happens to solve it,
> and it actually introduces new functionality. I would be happy to
> provide a backport of the relevant patches, if you think that would be
> alright.

I almost always want "original" patches as it causes less bugs overall,
and less confusion for everyone involved. Taking 2-3 patches is just as
easy as 1 patch, and even easier if I don't have to review it as "hard"
due to it not differing from what is in Linus's tree.


greg k-h
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