Re: [PATCH 4.16 234/279] x86/pkeys/selftests: Adjust the self-test to fresh distros that export the pkeys ABI

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Tue Jul 03 2018 - 07:43:45 EST

On Tue, Jul 03, 2018 at 01:36:43PM +0200, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> On 06/18/2018 10:13 AM, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > 4.16-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.
> So I was wondering, why backport such a considerable number of
> *selftests* to stable, given the stable policy? Surely selftests don't
> affect the kernel itself breaking for users?

These came in as part of Sasha's "backport fixes" tool. It can't hurt
to add selftest fixes/updates to stable kernels, as for some people,
they only run the selftests for the specific kernel they are building.
While others run selftests for the latest kernel on older kernels, both
of which are valid ways of testing.


greg k-h