Re: [LSF/MM TOPIC] FS, MM, and stable trees

From: Steve French
Date: Tue Feb 12 2019 - 16:33:11 EST

Makes sense - e.g. I would like to have a process to make automation
of the xfstests for proposed patches for stable for cifs.ko easier and
part of the process (as we already do for cifs/smb3 related checkins
to for-next ie linux next before sending to mainline for cifs.ko).
Each filesystem has a different set of xfstests (and perhaps other
mechanisms) to run so might be very specific to each file system, but
would be helpful to discuss

On Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 9:32 AM Sasha Levin <sashal@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'd like to propose a discussion about the workflow of the stable trees
> when it comes to fs/ and mm/. In the past year we had some friction with
> regards to the policies and the procedures around picking patches for
> stable tree, and I feel it would be very useful to establish better flow
> with the folks who might be attending LSF/MM.
> I feel that fs/ and mm/ are in very different places with regards to
> which patches go in -stable, what tests are expected, and the timeline
> of patches from the point they are proposed on a mailing list to the
> point they are released in a stable tree. Therefore, I'd like to propose
> two different sessions on this (one for fs/ and one for mm/), as a
> common session might be less conductive to agreeing on a path forward as
> the starting point for both subsystems are somewhat different.
> We can go through the existing processes, automation, and testing
> mechanisms we employ when building stable trees, and see how we can
> improve these to address the concerns of fs/ and mm/ folks.
> --
> Thanks,
> Sasha