Re: RFC: Github PR bot questions

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Em Thu, 17 Jun 2021 10:20:31 +0200
Dmitry Vyukov <dvyukov@xxxxxxxxxx> escreveu:

> On Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 8:53 AM Mauro Carvalho Chehab
> <mchehab+huawei@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > Em Wed, 16 Jun 2021 15:11:33 -0600
> > Rob Herring <robh@xxxxxxxxxx> escreveu:
> >  
> > > On Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 11:18 AM Konstantin Ryabitsev
> > > <konstantin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:  
> > > >
> > > > Hi, all:
> > > >
> > > > I've been doing some work on the "github-pr-to-ml" bot that can monitor GitHub
> > > > pull requests on a project and convert them into fully well-formed patch
> > > > series. This would be a one-way operation, effectively turning Github into a
> > > > fancy "git-send-email" replacement. That said, it would have the following
> > > > benefits for both submitters and maintainers:  
> > >
> > > What makes this specific to Github PRs? A Github PR is really just a
> > > git branch plus a target at least to the extent we would use it here.
> > > The more of this that works on just a git branch, the more widely
> > > useful it would be.
> > >  
> > > > - submitters would no longer need to navigate their way around
> > > >   git-format-patch,, and git-send-email -- nor would need to
> > > >   have a patch-friendly outgoing mail gateway to properly contribute patches  
> > >
> > > Presumably, the bot would rely on or it would get
> > > who to send to based on GH repo and reviewers? Without work on
> > >, I don't think it will work well beyond simple
> > > cases.  
> >
> > Some sanity test is needed, as otherwise it will end by trying to send
> > the patch to a large number of people.  
> I think this system needs to use results as is and
> any fixing/filtering/sanity checking needs to go into
> itself.
> is what is used by lots of contributors, the only
> option for any automated systems, what is used by new contributors if
> they don't use this system anyway. And even experienced developers
> know internal rules only for a few subsystems and use
> when sending a one-off patch to another subsystem
> (what else?).
> I don't see where we are getting if we accept
> produces bad results and needs additional fixing in every system out
> there (dozens) and when used by humans. All systems would need the
> same filtering/checking rules and they need to keep in sync. What a
> kernel developer would even need to do to fix something (add/remove
> themselves)? Go and talk to a large unknown set of systems that
> duplicate the same additional rules?
> And the only way to surface actual issues with is to
> start using it. In fact it's already widely used as is, so I am not
> sure it's particularly bad.

I'm not saying that produces bad result. Depending 
on what is done, it could produce a very large output.

Let's suppose that someone do something like globally renaming a
widely-used kAPI, e. g. something like:

	$ git ls-files|xargs sed s,mutex_,new_mutex_, -i 

A change like that would touch lots of subsystems, making
to spend a lot of time processing it, and producing thousands of
entries (btw, we had a change somewhat similar to the above a long time
ago when mutex API was introduced and most of the semaphores were converted
to use mutex kAPI instead).

People that use to work with github/gitlab won't care much on doing a
change like that on a single patch, but this is something that won't
work on a PR -> email interface - nor maintainers would like to review
such big patch touching on multiple subsystems.

So, a bot would need to not only check the size of the patches,
but also the output of

It will also need to have a timeout to abort, not only
to avoid the bot to become out of service for a long time, but also
because taking more than a minute or so is a good 
indication that the patch is not good - as it is touching too many


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