Re: [PATCH] MAINTAINERS: Start using the 'reviewer' (R) tag

From: Lee Jones
Date: Wed Oct 28 2015 - 07:39:43 EST

On Wed, 28 Oct 2015, Javier Martinez Canillas wrote:

> Hello Joe,
> On Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 12:06 PM, Joe Perches <joe@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Wed, 2015-10-28 at 11:53 +0100, Javier Martinez Canillas wrote:
> >> (Lee) think(s) that the difference between a maintainer and
> >> a reviewer is if a branch with fixes / new features are kept and pull
> >> requests sent while I think that the difference is the level of
> >> involvement someone has with a driver regardless of how patches ends
> >> in the subsystem tree (picked directly by subsystem maintainers or
> >> sent through pull requests).
> >>
> >> Is the first time I heard your definition but maybe I'm the one that
> >> is wrong so it would be great to get a consensus on that and get it
> >> documented somewhere.
> >
> > I think Lee is over-analyzing.
> >
> > M: Mail patches to: FullName <address@domain>
> > R: Designated reviewer: FullName <address@domain>
> > These reviewers should be CCed on patches.
> > S: Status, one of the following:
> > Supported: Someone is actually paid to look after this.
> > Maintained: Someone actually looks after it.
> >
> > "looking after" doesn't mean upstreaming.
> >
> Agreed and upstreaming doesn't mean sending pull request, you can for
> example upstream the downstream changes for a driver you maintain by
> posting patches or ack patches others post and let the subsystem
> maintainer to pick those (even if you are listed as the driver
> maintainer in MAINTAINERS).
> So by following Lee's definition, then most drivers' maintainers
> should not be called maintainers since keeping a tree with patches for
> both fixes and new features, sending pull requests, etc is only
> justified for drivers that have a lot of changes per release. Is not
> worth it for drivers that are in "maintenance mode" where only bugs
> are fixed every once in a while or features are seldom added.

Exactly right.

Although, it looks like M: doesn't even mean Maintainer. If it did, I
would have made these points over and over until death (or until I got
bored). However, as M: actually means "Mail patches to", there seems
to be very little difference between that and "Designated reviewer"
and makes me wonder why the R: tag was ever even introduced. I guess
all of the other guys in the threads below also thought M: meant
Maintainer, or else they would have just added poor old Josh as a
"Mail patches to" recipient and been done with it.

> > The original threads for this were:
> >
> >
> >

Lee Jones
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