RFC: group maintainership for misc drm trees

Eric Anholt eric at anholt.net
Tue Feb 16 01:01:40 UTC 2016

Daniel Vetter <daniel.vetter at ffwll.ch> writes:

> Hi all,
> I've already chatted with some of you in private, here's the entire idea with a
> bit more thought. My motiviation for group maintainership of drm-misc was that I
> got a bit a guilty feeling the last few vacations/conferences when folks pinged
> about reviewed/tested pretty patches not landing. But also just increasing the
> bus factor and sharing the load better is good. And finally a shared misc drm
> tree would allow fringe drivers to get faster into Dave's drm-next by
> piggy-packing on top of the one pull request train. And it would also reduce a
> bit tree proliferation (at one point we had drm-misc/-bridge/-panel/-trivial and
> may more even). And at least everyone I chatted with seems to like the idea in
> principle.


> Of course group maintainership needs an initial group. My experience from
> drm-intel is that a bigger group of maintainer has benefits: It's clear that
> part-time maintaining is ok too, with maintainers focusing on their area of
> interest/expertise and only helping out in other places when there's a gap (due
> to e.g. vacations). Anyway, here's my thoughts for the starting group:
> Archit, Jani, Thierry & me as existing maintainers of drm-misc/bridge/panel,
> Alex&Rob as maintainers of big drivers and engaged in core drm stuff,
> Daniel Stone so that he has no more excuses to stall on arm drm ci.
> I think if this goes well we can extend it to more driver maintainers, e.g.
> Patrick would like to just push gma500 patches to some tree and not fiddle with
> pull requests all the time himself.

I would love to be able to push vc4 changes to an "automatically" pull
requested tree with some amount of CI (at least of the
build-all-the-options variety like kbuild test robot does).  Pull
requests are one of the more error-prone and time-consuming parts of my
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