[BUG] New Kernel Bugs
liml at rtr.ca
Tue Nov 13 15:13:46 EST 2007
Adrian Bunk wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 02:26:05PM -0500, Mark Lord wrote:
>> If you've been making significant updates to a driver/subsystem,
>> and people are reporting that it is now broken for them,
> What are "significant updates"?
> Sometimes one person makes one small patch and this patch contains
> a typo.
Then that person should double check their changes against
the problems reported, and re-convince themselves that the
breakage wasn't from those. Simple.
>> then it's your job to make it right.
> We have some open drivers/ata/ regressions.
Yup, but they're more specific than just that entire subsystem,
and the maintainers are actively pursuing the problems.
Exactly what should be happening.
> I see some person named "Mark Lord" being responsible for 4 commits.
> What pubishment do you plan for him if 2.6.24 ships with any libata
If the code I'm touching breaks, then I'll fix it ASAP,
exactly what the users of that code might expect.
>> The reporters can help,
>> and many may even git-bisect or send patches.
>> But you cannot *expect* or *insist* upon them doing your job.
> Bug fixing is not about finding someone to blame, it's about getting the
> bug fixed.
It's not about blame, it's about paying attention to breakages in code that a
person claims to be supporting, and then doing their best to resolve the issues.
Again, if one has the time to actively write/modify code such that something breaks,
then that person should also make time to fix the breakages.
> The bug reporter is the person who can reproduce the problem, and if
> it's a regression then bisecting is the natural way of getting nearer
> at getting it fixed.
For the third time, no disagreement here. git-bsect can help in many cases,
but not in all cases. And it requires a great time commitment from somebody
who's system used to work and now doesn't work. The person who broke it has
a fair bit of responsibility there, too.
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