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SubjectRe: [Ksummit-discuss] [RFC PATCH 3/3] libnvdimm, MAINTAINERS: Subsystem Profile
On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 6:31 AM Mauro Carvalho Chehab
<mchehab+samsung@kernel.org> wrote:
>
> Em Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:53:30 -0800
> Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com> escreveu:
>
> > Document the basic policies of the libnvdimm subsystem and provide a
> > first example of a Subsystem Profile for others to duplicate and edit.
> >
> > Cc: Ross Zwisler <zwisler@kernel.org>
> > Cc: Vishal Verma <vishal.l.verma@intel.com>
> > Cc: Dave Jiang <dave.jiang@intel.com>
> > Signed-off-by: Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com>
> > ---
> > Documentation/nvdimm/subsystem-profile.rst | 86 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > MAINTAINERS | 4 +
> > 2 files changed, 90 insertions(+)
> > create mode 100644 Documentation/nvdimm/subsystem-profile.rst
> >
> > diff --git a/Documentation/nvdimm/subsystem-profile.rst b/Documentation/nvdimm/subsystem-profile.rst
> > new file mode 100644
> > index 000000000000..d3428be7528e
> > --- /dev/null
> > +++ b/Documentation/nvdimm/subsystem-profile.rst
>
> Hmm... would it make sense to add a pointer at maintainer/index.rst (or to some
> other .rst file) for those profiles too?
>
> > @@ -0,0 +1,86 @@
> > +LIBNVDIMM Subsystem Profile
> > +===========================
> > +
> > +Overview
> > +--------
>
> A minor nitpick here: I would add a blank line after each topic/subtopic.
>
> On some cases, Sphinx will do wrong without that blank line, and having
> some places with that extra line and others without it sounds unbalanced
> on my eyes ;-)
>
> > +So, you have recently become a maintainer of the LIBNVDIMM subsystem,
> > +condolences, it is a thankless job, here is the lay of the land. The git
>
> My understanding that the main focus of this document is to help people to
> submit patches to the subsystem.
>
> With that in mind, I would never start the doc talking only to maintainers,
> as developers will likely just stop reading it at the above paragraph.

Yes, I see this is confusing now. I'll fix up the Subsystem Profile
description text to be written with maintainers as the audience and
clarify that the per-subsystem instance is written with contributors
as the audience.

>
> > +tree, git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/nvdimm/nvdimm.git/, is
> > +writable by all the individuals listed in LIBNVDIMM section of
> > +MAINTAINERS. Access is granted per the typical kernel.org account
> > +management policies. Two branches in that tree are regularly pulled into
> > +-next, libnvdimm-for-next, and libnvdimm-fixes. The submit rate of
> > +patches is low, usually enough for one person to handle. There is a
> > +patchwork instance at
> > +https://patchwork.kernel.org/project/linux-nvdimm/list/, and it
> > +historically is only used for ingesting patches and collecting
> > +ack/review tags, i.e. no expectation to update the patch state after it
> > +has been dispositioned, or merged.
> > +
> > +The most sensitive code area is the ACPI DSM (Device Specific Method)
> > +path. In addition to the general fragility of an ioctl() ABI the ACPI
> > +DSM scheme allows any vendor to implement any command without any prior
> > +review by the ACPI committee. For this reason the LIBNVDIMM system seeks
> > +to constrain the proliferation of vendor commands and at a minimum
> > +requires any command support to be publicly documented. Over time the
> > +submission rate of new vendor-specific commands is falling as more
> > +commands are defined with named methods in the official ACPI
> > +specification.
>
> As Jani pointed, all the above stuff is for maintainers, but several other
> stuff on this document are for developers. The best would likely to have
> two separate files.
>
> However, maintaining it on two separate files could be painful. Maybe
> we could have an specific section, at the end of the document, with
> maintainers-specific instructions.

Yes, good idea, will incorporate.

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