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SubjectRe: [PATCH] xfs: always free inline data before resetting inode fork during ifree
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On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 09:06:37AM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
>On Mon 26-03-18 19:54:31, Sasha Levin wrote:
>[...]
>> About half a year ago. I'm not sure about the no visibility part -
>> maintainers and authors would receive at least 3 mails for each patch
>> that got in this way, and would have at least a week (usually a lot
>> more) to object to the inclusion. Did you not receive any mails from
>> me?
>
>Well, I was aware of your emails yet my free time didn't really allow me
>to follow those patch bombs. I responded only when some email subject
>hit my eyes as being non-stable candidate. So by no means the MM
>backports were reviewed by me. And considering how hard it is to get any
>review for MM patches in general I strongly suspect that others didn't
>review either.

Being aware is different than saying it was snuck in without anyone
knowing.

>In general I am quite skeptical about the automagic backports
>selections, to be honest. MM patches should be reasonably good at
>selecting stable backports and adding more patches on top just risks
>regressions.

Okay, let's take mm/ as a subsystem that is doing a good job with
submitting stuff to -stable.

There were 40 patches in total going into the 4.14 LTS tree that touched
mm/. Out of those, 5 were selected via the "automagic" process:

> 647a37ec1a17 mm/frame_vector.c: release a semaphore in 'get_vaddr_frames()'
> d91c3f2e540f mm/early_ioremap: Fix boot hang with earlyprintk=efi,keep
> b2ba0bd34695 kmemleak: add scheduling point to kmemleak_scan()
> 5ca94e03675a slub: fix sysfs duplicate filename creation when slub_debug=O
> 342ee8775800 mm, x86/mm: Fix performance regression in get_user_pages_fast()

The only "questionable" one here I see is the performance regression
one, which I decided to keep in because it's a rather severe one in a
common code path.

Even good subsystems might sometimes miss a patch or two.

But yes, I've received less response from maintainers than I expected,
so I'll switch it to an opt-in model for new patches that go upstream.


--
Thanks,
Sasha
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