Re: [PATCH 2/7] Docs: Bring SubmittingPatches more into the git era

From: Jonathan Corbet
Date: Wed Mar 09 2016 - 09:04:54 EST

On Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:45:10 +0000
David Woodhouse <dwmw2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Tue, 2014-12-23 at 09:32 -0700, Jonathan Corbet wrote:
> > Â
> > -16) Sending "git pull" requests (from Linus emails)
> > +16) Sending "git pull" requests
> > +-------------------------------
> > +
> > +If you have a series of patches, it may be most convenient to have the
> > +maintainer pull them directly into the subsystem repository with a
> > +"git pull" operation. Note, however, that pulling patches from a developer
> > +requires a higher degree of trust than taking patches from a mailing list.
> This isn't really true, is it?
> If I accept a stream of patches in email, or if I accept them in a pull
> request, I can â and should â still actually *look* at what's being
> applied before I push it back out again.

I think I put something in there somewhere about a one-year statute of
limitation on review comments :)

I wrote that text that way because certain high-profile maintainers have
said exactly that sort of thing:

You can send me patches, but for me to pull a git patch from you,
I need to know that you know what you're doing, and I need to be
able to trust things *without* then having to go and check every
individual change by hand.

-- Mr. T.

...and because, in truth, few maintainers do take pull requests. There
*is* some value in having the code out on the lists in the clear, it
raises the chances of somebody *else* looking it over slightly. There is
a reason why review is done on the lists, not directly from repositories.

Allowing the maintainer to attach tags certainly seems like another valid
reason to defer setting patches into git-implemented stone. But I don't
see it as the only one.

We could, I suppose, run a poll to ask maintainers why they are reluctant
to take pull requests. But the end result is kind of the same as far as
readers of SubmittingPatches are concerned - they need to send their
patches via email.