Re: [PATCH] get_maintainer: Don't fallback to git by default

From: Javier Martinez Canillas
Date: Mon Oct 26 2015 - 20:08:21 EST

Hello Laura,

Thanks a lot for your feedback.

On 10/27/2015 08:00 AM, Laura Abbott wrote:
> On 10/26/2015 03:11 PM, Javier Martinez Canillas wrote:
>> The script could be used to get a list of people that
>> has to be in the copy list when posting patches for a given file but it
>> defaults to git fallback so the list returned isn't really relevant and
>> submitters are posting patches to random developers that just happened
>> to touch that file in the past.
>> Disable git fallback so only returns the information
>> that is in MAINTAINERS by default.
>> Suggested-by: Wolfram Sang <wsa@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Signed-off-by: Javier Martinez Canillas <javier@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> ---
>> Hello,
>> This patch was suggested by Wolfram on this thread [0] but it is
>> something I thought before because I've seen people complaining
>> on a regular basis about being cc'ed in random patches and there
>> are tools like patman [1] that rely on to post
>> the patches.
>> [0]:
>> [1]:;a=blob;f=tools/patman/README
>> Best regards,
>> Javier
> We might need to do a sweep of files to make sure more of them are
> listed in the maintainers file, else by default they only show LKML.
> As an example, a bunch of files in lib are only showing LKML.
> Defaulting to only sending to LKML may be swinging too far in the wrong
> direction for reducing inbox size.

You are correct, disabling git fallback could be a too radical solution
for now until the MAINTAINERS file is more complete.

I'll do some auditing to the files in the source tree and see if I can
come with a patch series that improves the state of MAINTAINERS before
disabling this option by default.

Best regards,
Javier Martinez Canillas
Open Source Group
Samsung Research America
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