Re: linux-next: manual merge of the drivers-x86 tree with the watchdog tree

From: Darren Hart
Date: Tue May 02 2017 - 18:35:40 EST

On Tue, May 02, 2017 at 02:58:22PM -0700, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> On Tue, May 02, 2017 at 02:30:46PM -0700, Darren Hart wrote:
> > On Tue, May 02, 2017 at 11:57:18PM +0300, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> > > On Tue, May 2, 2017 at 11:21 PM, Darren Hart <dvhart@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > > On Tue, May 02, 2017 at 12:12:17PM -0700, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> > > >> On Tue, May 02, 2017 at 11:09:40AM -0700, Darren Hart wrote:
> > > >> > On Tue, May 02, 2017 at 02:04:03PM +1000, Stephen Rothwell wrote:
> > >
> > > > From my perspective, the most direct solution would be to drop these two patches
> > > > from the watchdog tree and let them go through the platform driver x86 tree with
> > > > Guenter's Acked-by. If you have additional patches which depend on these two,
> > > > then if you will provide an immutable branch we can merge, we can do that too
> > > > (but I try to keep the number of external merges to a minimum - which is
> > > > becoming increasingly difficult lately for some reason).
> > >
> > > Sorry for not being in doubt, I just decided that Ack from Guenter
> > > means that default case is to go through PDx86 tree without any
> > > additional agreement.
> >
> > I assumed that was the case, yes. I read through the thread and would have
> > thought the same. As Guenter is directing us to Wim, I think the MAINTAINERS
> > file doesn't really capture the logistics of the watchdog maintainer model, as a
> Now I am confused. Please apologize my lack of understanding.
> I am listed as "Reviewer", not "Maintainer", for watchdog drivers.


Yes you are, I misread the output ... somehow.

> Please let me know how that does not capture the logistics of the watchdog
> (or any other) maintainer model, and how to better reflect that I review
> watchdog patches and Wim, as maintainer, sends them to Linus. I thought that
> is what "R:" and "M:" is for ?

Nope, it's right, I messed up.

> The only possibly unusual detail is that I maintain a branch with all patches
> I have reviewed. This branch is picked up by Wim and either accepted as-is or,
> if he does not agree with some patch, modified accordingly. This branch is
> not in linux-next and thus not part of any official maintainer model,
> but exists for convenience and to enable additional testing through 0day
> and my own test farm.
> > Reviewed-by from a listed maintainer wouldn't be typical unless they expected
> > someone else to merge it - in this case, I suppose Guenter meant Wim and not us
> > :-)
> >
> You are correct, "Reviewed-by:" typically is intended for Wim, as I thought
> it would be expected for a designated reviewer. I tend to use "Acked-by:"
> if I assume or expect that a patch will be picked up by a different maintainer,
> though I typically add a note saying that this is the case (no idea if I did
> that here). Is there some different set of tags I should use ?

Nope, we just should have confirmed with Wim.

> On a side note, it appears that I tagged "watchdog: iTCO_wdt: cleanup
> set/unset no_reboot_bit functions" with "Reviewed-by:", not with "Acked-by:".

I noticed this as well. If Wim drops these, we'll correct that in our branch.

Darren Hart
VMware Open Source Technology Center