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From: Adrian Bunk <bunk <at> kernel.org>
Subject: [ofa-general] Merging of completely unreviewed drivers
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.drivers.openib
Date: Thursday 21st February 2008 21:01:24 UTC (over 9 years ago)
[ Linus Added to the To: since I want to hear his opinion on this issue. ]

On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 12:28:55PM -0800, Roland Dreier wrote:
>  > This driver should really have gotten some review before being
included 
>  > in the kernel.
> 
>  > Even a simple checkpatch run finds more than > 250 stylistic errors
>  > (not code bugs but cases where the driver violates the standard code 
>  > formatting rules of kernel code).
> 
> Linus has strongly stated that we should merge hardware drivers early,
> and I agree: although the nes driver clearly needs more work, there's
> no advantage to users with the hardware in forcing them to wait for
> 2.6.26 to merge the driver, since they'll just have to patch the
> grungy code in themselves anyway.  And by merging the driver early, we
> get fixed up for any tree-wide changes and allow janitors to help with
> the cleanup.

Is it really intended to merge drivers without _any_ kind of review?

This driver even lacks a basic "please fix the > 250 checkpatch errors" [1]
and similar low hanging fruits that could easily be spotted and then 
fixed by the submitter within a short amount of time.

I see the point that it might make sense to not prevent the merging of 
drivers infinitely when they have some hard-to-fix issues, but was this 
really meant as an excuse for maintainers to no longer any review of 
what they merge at all?

> (By the way, the code is not that pretty but it a lot closer to
> upstream style than most driver submissions)
>...

There might be worse code being submitted, but when looking at what gets 
merged into Linus' tree this driver beats all other drivers I remember 
in both number of stylistic problems and bugs. [2]

>  - R.

cu
Adrian

BTW: Greg, you are Cc'ed for your joke in [3]...

[1] not to mention the > 2000 checkpatch warnings
[2] as already said, that's not meant against the driver submitter
    I'm complaining about the complete lack of review that would have 
    brought this driver into shape
[3] http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/2/12/427

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