On Thu, Jul 13, 2023 at 9:04 AM Uwe Kleine-König
On Wed, Jul 12, 2023 at 02:31:02PM -0400, Sean Paul wrote:
I'd really prefer this patch (series or single) is not accepted. This
will cause problems for everyone cherry-picking patches to a
downstream kernel (LTS or distro tree). I usually wouldn't expect
sympathy here, but the questionable benefit does not outweigh the cost
I agree that for backports this isn't so nice. However with the split
approach (that was argumented against here) it's not soo bad. Patch #1
(and similar changes for the other affected structures) could be
trivially backported and with that it doesn't matter if you write dev or
drm (or whatever name is chosen in the end); both work in the same way.
Patch #1 avoids the need to backport the entire set, however every
change occuring after the rename patches will cause conflicts on
future cherry-picks. Downstream kernels will have to backport the
whole set. Backporting the entire set will create an epoch in
downstream kernels where cherry-picking patches preceding this set
will need to undergo conflict resolution as well. As mentioned in my
previous email, I don't expect sympathy here, it's part of maintaining
a downstream kernel, but there is a real cost to kernel consumers.
But even with the one-patch-per-rename approach I'd consider the
renaming a net win, because ease of understanding code has a big value.
It's value is not so easy measurable as "conflicts when backporting",
but it also matters in say two years from now, while backporting
shouldn't be an issue then any more.
You've rightly identified the conjecture in your statement. I've been
on both sides of the argument, having written/maintained drm code
upstream and cherry-picked changes to a downstream kernel. Perhaps
it's because drm's definition of dev is ingrained in my muscle memory,
or maybe it's because I don't do a lot of upstream development these
days, but I just have a hard time seeing the benefit here.