[RFC 1/4] Documentation: Change policy on sending patches during merge window

From: Kevin Cernekee
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 - 01:14:18 EST

Ask patch submitters to avoid sending non-critical patches when the
merge window is open. This basically extends the net-next policy in
netdev-FAQ.txt to the entire kernel.

Suggested-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Kevin Cernekee <cernekee@xxxxxxxxx>
Documentation/development-process/5.Posting | 9 +++++++++
1 file changed, 9 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/development-process/5.Posting b/Documentation/development-process/5.Posting
index 8a48c9b..14f8b01 100644
--- a/Documentation/development-process/5.Posting
+++ b/Documentation/development-process/5.Posting
@@ -26,6 +26,15 @@ which remains to be done and any known problems. Fewer people will look at
patches which are known to be half-baked, but those who do will come in
with the idea that they can help you drive the work in the right direction.

+Some maintainers prefer to receive only urgent patches when the merge
+window is open, so that critical fixes do not get lost in the noise during
+times of peak activity. If you are posting an actual [PATCH] (not something
+that is obviously low-priority such as an [RFC] or [RANT]) and you aren't sure
+of your maintainer's stance, the safest thing to do is hold off until the
+merge window has closed. You can visit https://www.kernel.org/ to check
+the merge window status; it is closed if the "mainline:" entry shows a
+version number containing "-rc", and open if a non-rc version number appears.



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