[ANNOUNCE] linux-staging tree created

Benny Halevy bhalevy at panasas.com
Wed Jun 11 09:27:23 UTC 2008


The OSD initiator (see
looks in principle like a great fit for linux-staging.

What would be the mechanics of including it?


On Jun. 10, 2008, 22:05 +0300, Greg KH <greg at kroah.com> wrote:
> Oh great, not yet-another-kernel-tree, just what the world needs...
> Yes, this is an announcement of a new kernel tree, linux-staging.  It is
> a quilt series of patches that can be found at:
> 	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/gregkh/staging.git
> In a long and meandering thread with some of the other kernel developers
> a week or so ago, it came up that there is no single place for companies
> and developers to put their code for testing while it gets cleaned up
> for submission into the kernel tree.  All of the different subsystems
> have trees, but they generally only want code that is about to go into
> this release, or the next one.  For stuff that is farther off, there is
> no place to go.
> So, here's the tree for it.  From the README:
> The linux-staging tree was created to hold drivers and filesystems and
> other semi-major additions to the Linux kernel that are not ready to be
> merged at this point in time.  It is here for companies and authors to
> get a wider range of testing, and to allow for other members of the
> community to help with the development of these features for the
> eventual inclusion into the main kernel tree.
> This tree will be included in the daily linux-next builds, and will get
> testing by all users of that tree.
> The rules of what can be included here is as follows:
> 	- the code must be released under a Linux kernel-compatible
> 	  license
> 	- the goal of the developers must be to merge this code into the
> 	  main kernel tree in the near future, but not for the next
> 	  kernel release.
> 	- the code must build properly on the x86 platform
> 	- this is not a tree for bugfixes or rewrites of existing kernel
> 	  code, this should be for new features, drivers, and
> 	  filesystems.
> 	- the patches included must detail exactly what is needed to be
> 	  completed in order for them to be included into the main
> 	  kernel tree.
> 	- there must be some email address associated with the patch
> 	  that can be used for bug reporting and questions about
> 	  cleanups and testing the code.
> What this tree is not:
> 	- it is not a place to dump features that are being actively
> 	  developed by a community of people (reiserfs4 for example.)
> 	- it is not a place to dump code and then run away, hoping that
> 	  someone else will do the cleanup work for you.  While there
> 	  are developers available to do this kind of work, you need to
> 	  get someone to agree to "babysit" the code.
> I'll follow up this message with a list of the current status of the
> individual patches and what is currently contained in the tree.  I hope
> to release a status like this every week or so, depending on how the
> development goes.
> What I need from all of you:
>   Kernel Janitors:
>   	Here is the perfect way to get involved.  The code in this tree
> 	is in desparate need of cleanups and fixes that can be trivially
> 	found using 'sparse' and 'scripts/checkpatch.pl'.  I'll gladly
> 	take these kinds of patches and of course, correctly credit you.
>   Linux driver project developers:
> 	Same as above, here's a great place to start out helping with
> 	real code.  If any of you wants to take any of these drivers
> 	over and become the primary contact point for them, just let me
> 	know.
>   Linux-next developers:
> 	Stephen, I would really like this tree to be included in -next.
> 	Yes, I know it contains things that will not be included in the
> 	next release, but the inclusion and basic build testing that is
> 	provided by your tree is invaluable.  You can place it at the
> 	end, and if there is even a whiff of a problem in any of the
> 	patches, you have my full permission to drop them on the floor
> 	and run away screaming (and let me know please, so I can fix it
> 	up.)
>   Linux kernel developers:
> 	If there are any external patches floating around for drivers
> 	that need to be cleaned up and gotten into the kernel tree,
> 	please point them out to me and I'll be glad to add them to this
> 	tree and work to get them included.  Right now we are pushing:
> 	 - 192 files changed, 131073 insertions(+), 651 deletions(-)
> 	so what's a few more thousand lines of code :)
> Any questions?  Comments?
> thanks,
> greg k-h
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