[linux-dvb] patch collection for Kernel 2.6.16-rc1

Adrian Bunk bunk at stusta.de
Sun Feb 5 00:20:31 CET 2006

On Sun, Feb 05, 2006 at 12:10:37AM +0100, Oliver Endriss wrote:
> Johannes Stezenbach wrote:
> > Hello Uwe,
> > 
> > I made some mistakes in my handling of patch conflicts. I wouldn't
> > have thought that you would take this personally, nor could I have
> > imagined what effects it would have on your views of my person
> > and linux-dvb development as a whole.
> > ...
> > During my creating the patchset for akpm for 2.6.13-mm?, I found
> > that akpm had already applied a patch from Uwe to
> > Documentation/dvb/bt8xx.txt, which conflicted with other changes
> > made by Manu in CVS, and which also deleted some IMHO useful
> > information from the file. First I tried to merge the two
> > conflicting changes, but it looked like I would've ended up
> > rewriting the whole file by doing so. After about 10min I gave up.
> The real problem is that patches were accepted at akpm which should be
> discussed here and nowhere else. akpm should reject these and forward
> them to the appropriate subsystem mailing list or maintainer.
> Information flow must go from DVB/V4L repository to kernel, not vice
> versa (there are some exceptions but they do not apply in this case).

Andrew includes many patches into -mm, but usually doesn't forward them 
to Linus without maintainer approval. Instead, he forwards non-approved 
patches to the maintainers of the code being changed.

This helps in reducing the number of patches being lost.

Therefore, it's not unusual that Andrew accepted a patch by Uwe, but I 
was very surprised if Andrew had forwarded such a patch to Linus without 
maintainer approval.

> Oliver



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