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

From: Michael Ellerman
Date: Thu Jul 05 2018 - 02:03:13 EST

Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> 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.

I don't have a problem with these sort of patches being backported, but
it seems like Documentation/process/stable-kernel-rules.txt could use an

I honestly don't know what the rules are anymore.