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Re: [dm-devel] Re: 1st of 2 patches for dm_emc.c and dm-multipath hardware handler interface

Mike Christie wrote:
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We really need to change how dm-multipath development works IMHO.
Alasdair is just too overworked. It is not fair to him to have so much
work piled on top of him and not fair to the community to have problems
like this sit around for so long.

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With Alasdair having to maintain every driver that dm handles and those
drivers increasing in complexity the work load is too large for one
person and this makes coordination with other subsystems impossible.
This is a large problem, when for something like dm-multipath it needs
help from the block layer, and low levels like scsi.

We really need a system like in the scsi layer where there are driver
maintainers and then one core maintainer of the subsystem. The core
maintainer has final (well ok community has final say I guess) say but
trusts the low level driver maintainers to some extent. The low level
driver maintainers still have to post patches for review to the
community and maintainer but the core maintainer does not have to do a
line by line review of the dm target module and learn all the lower
level details of the sub-subsytem/lld/dm target module/transport/spec
unless it affects dm core or it is a suspicious patch.

Totally agree.

Of course, Alasdairs vote's the one that counts ...


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