Re: [RFC PATCH 00/13] Switchtec NTB Support

From: Serge Semin
Date: Fri Jun 16 2017 - 16:21:07 EST

On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 01:34:59PM -0600, Logan Gunthorpe <logang@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 16/06/17 12:38 PM, Serge Semin wrote:
> > On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 11:08:52AM -0600, Logan Gunthorpe <logang@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > It's the way the NTB API was created for, to have set of functions to access
> > NTB devices in the similar way. These aren't my beliefs, it's the way it was
> > created. I agree it can be optional, but it shouldn't be made as the basics
> > of the driver. It is called NTB "hardware" driver after all, not "emulating" or
> > "abstracting" driver.
> Just more philosophy. You haven't given any good reason to remove the
> functionality. Vague references to the way things were created aren't
> compelling arguments. Better to cite code and point out actual problems.

Actual problem is the design of your driver. Of course you can disagree as much as
you want.

> > ntb_transport could work without Scratchpads, if it's properly altered to
> > use NTB messaging. This should be the way to make things compatible, but not
> > making the hardware driver suitable for just one ntb_transport.
> Ok, well when all the NTB clients no longer require using scratchpads
> and we can all abide by the rule that clients must function without
> them. Then, I'll remove the emulation. Until then, it stays.
> > It's not like my whim or something, but the way it's usually done.
> >
> > Cite from there:
> > "Each patch should group changes into a logical sequence. Bug fixes must
> > come first in the patchset, then new features. This is because we need to be
> > able to backport bug fixes to older kernels, and they should not depend on
> > new features."
> You should probably read that again because it doesn't actually support
> your point (in fact it's saying something quite unrelated). It is also
> probably a good idea to read the rest of the seciton you cite:
> "The idea here is that you should break changes up in such a way that it
> will be easy to review."
> "When creating a new feature patchset, you may need to break up your
> changes into multiple commits. "
> "Clean up patches that are over 200 lines long are discouraged, because
> they are hard to review. Break those patches up into smaller patches. "

This doesn't prove your way of splitting patchset is correct, but supports
my point. As well as the sentence about the logical sentence in addition
to the thing about easy review.

> Also, to quote Greg Kroah-Hartman from my last series[1]:
> "That's one big patch to review, would you want to do that?
> Can you break it up into smaller parts?"
> > You grouped the patches in according to your logical view or development
> > progress (I don't know for sure), but it's not obvious for reviewers.
> > From my perspective your new Microsemi Switchtec NTB driver is just one
> > feature. I don't know who would think differently so to split the solid
> > driver up for review. Switchtec management driver alteration might be the
> > same - just one fix. It's much easier for you to have your commits squashed,
> > than for me to look at your git tree, than get back to your patchset looking
> > for a necessary peace of patch and commenting it there.
> Well you're free to think that but, in my experience, your opinion
> differs significantly from the rest of the kernel community which I
> personally agree with.

And your quotation doesn't prove you are right. Greg asked you to split at
least the documentation. He had point to ask it, since it's logically correct.
You wasn't arguing with him, was you? But in this case you have sent the
set of incremental patches of your own code, so I don't see how it can be
easier for review, than a combined text.

> Now, if you'd like to actually review the code I'd be happy to address
> any concerns you find. I won't be responding to any more philosophical
> arguments or bike-shedding over the format of the patch.

I don't want to review a patchset, which isn't properly formated.

> Logan
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