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Re: [dm-devel] Combined storage tree

On Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 08:55:16AM -0500, James Bottomley wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-09-11 at 18:20 +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 01:27:27PM -0500, James Bottomley wrote:
> > > One of the requests from LSF10 in August was the production of a
> > > combined storage tree.  This is now ready at
> > > 
> > > git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/jejb/storage-tree
> > > 
> > > It's actually a nightly built merge tree consisting of
> > > 
> > > scsi-misc; scsi-rc-fixes
> > > libata#upstream-fixes, libata#upstream
> > > block#for-linus, block#for-next
> > > and the dm quilt (which is empty at the moment).
> > > 
> > > I haven't yet added vfs or any of the fs trees, but if necessary, I can.
> > > 
> > > Note, because it's built nightly, like linux-next, it's hard (but not
> > > impossible) to use it as a basis for git trees (it is much easier to use
> > > it as a basis for quilts).
> > 
> > Hmmm. I was kind of hoping for an upstream maintainer tree, kind of
> > like the netdev tree.  I really don't see a tree like this getting
> > wide use - if I enjoyed the pain of rebasing against throw-away
> > merge trees every day, then I'd already be using linux-next....
> Well, to be honest, that's what people wanted when the issue was raised
> at LSF10.  However, unlike net, storage has never had a single
> maintainer, so it's a bit more political than just doing that by fiat,

Bah. Technical arguments win here, not politics. Besides, what
possible political concern can anyone have about using a different
upstream tree for development? A storage maintainer tree would not
replace anyone's little fiefdom; what we need is an integration point
long before stuff gets to Linus....

> plus not all of the current maintainers with storage trees were there.

If that's the barrier to discussion, then where else but a dedicated
storage workshop are you going to get a more representative sample
of storage developers in the same room?


Dave Chinner
david fromorbit com

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