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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/11] Keyrings, Block and USB notifications [ver #8]
On Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 3:15 PM David Howells <> wrote:
> Here's a set of patches to add a general notification queue concept and to
> add event sources such as:


I'm just going to be very blunt about this, and say that there is no
way I can merge any of this *ever*, unless other people stand up and
say that

(a) they'll use it


(b) they'll actively develop it and participate in testing and coding

Because I'm simply not willing to have the same situation that
happened with the keyring ACL stuff this merge window happen with some
other random feature some day in the future.

That change never had anybody else that showed any interest in it, it
was never really clear why it was made, and it broke booting for me.

That had better never happen again, and I'm tired of seeing
unexplained random changes to key handling that have one single author
and nobody else involved.

And there is this whole long cover letter to explain what the code
does, what you can do with it, and what the changes have been in
revisions, but AT NO POINT does it explain what the point of the
feature is at all.

Why would we want this, and what is the advantage over udev etc that
already has event handling for things like block events and USB

What's the advantage of another random character device, and what's
the use? Who is asking for this, and who would use it? Why are keys
special, and why should you be able to track events on keys in the
first place? Who is co-developing and testing this, and what's the

Fundamentally, I'm not even interested in seeing "Reviewed-by". New
features need actual users and explanations for what they are, over
and beyond the developer itself.

IOW, you need to have an outside person step in and say "yes, I need
this". No more of these "David makes random changes without any
external input" series.


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