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Re: nvme emulation merge process (was: Re: [PATCH 00/10] hw/block/nvme:

From: Philippe Mathieu-Daudé
Subject: Re: nvme emulation merge process (was: Re: [PATCH 00/10] hw/block/nvme: namespace types and zoned namespaces)
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2020 15:57:27 +0200
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On 7/1/20 3:18 PM, Klaus Jensen wrote:
> On Jul  1 12:34, Kevin Wolf wrote:
>> Am 30.06.2020 um 22:36 hat Klaus Jensen geschrieben:
>>> On Jun 30 08:42, Keith Busch wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 04:09:46PM +0200, Philippe Mathieu-Daudé wrote:
>>>>> What I see doable for the following days is:
>>>>> - hw/block/nvme: Fix I/O BAR structure [3]
>>>>> - hw/block/nvme: handle transient dma errors
>>>>> - hw/block/nvme: bump to v1.3
>>>> These look like sensible patches to rebase future work on, IMO. The 1.3
>>>> updates had been prepared a while ago, at least.
>>> I think Philippe's "hw/block/nvme: Fix I/O BAR structure" series is a
>>> no-brainer. It just needs to get in asap.
>> I think we need to talk about how nvme patches are supposed to get
>> merged. I'm not familiar with the hardware nor the code, so the model
>> was that I just blindly merge patches that Keith has reviewed/acked,
>> just to spare him the work to prepare a pull request. But obviously, we
>> started doing things this way when there was a lot less activity around
>> the nvme emulation.
>> If we find that this doesn't scale any more, maybe we need to change
>> something.
> Honestly, I do not think the current model has worked very well for some
> time; especially for larger series where I, for one, has felt that my
> work was largely ignored due to a lack of designated reviewers. Things
> only picked up when Beata, Maxim and Philippe started reviewing my
> series - maybe out of pity or because I was bombing the list, I don't
> know ;)

I have no interest in the NVMe device emulation, but one of the first
thing I notice when I look at the wiki the time I wanted to send my
first patch, is the "Return the favor" paragraph:

 "Peer review only works if everyone chips in a bit of review time.
  If everyone submitted more patches than they reviewed, we would
  have a patch backlog. A good goal is to try to review at least as
  many patches from others as what you submit. Don't worry if you
  don't know the code base as well as a maintainer; it's perfectly
  fine to admit when your review is weak because you are unfamiliar
  with the code."

So as some reviewed my patches, I try to return the favor to the
community, in particular when I see someone is stuck waiting for
review, and the patch topic is some area I can understand.

I don't see that as an "out of pity" reaction.

Note, it is true bomb series scares reviewers. You learned it the
bad way. But you can see, after resending the first part of your
"bomb", even if it took 10 versions, the result is a great

> We've also seen good patches from Andrzej linger on the list for quite a
> while, prompting a number of RESENDs. I only recently allocated more
> time and upped my review game, but I hope that contributors feel that
> stuff gets reviewed in a timely fashion by now.
> Please understand that this is in NO WAY a criticism of Keith who
> already made it very clear to me that he did not have a lot time to
> review, but only ack the odd patch.
>> Depending on how much time Keith can spend on review in the
>> near future and how much control he wants to keep over the development,
>> I could imagine adding Klaus to MAINTAINERS, either as a co-maintainer
>> or as a reviewer. Then I could rely on reviews/acks from either of you
>> for merging series.
> I would be happy to step up (officially) to help maintain the device
> with Keith and review on a daily basis, and my position can support
> this.

Sounds good to me, but it is up to Keith Busch to accept.

It would be nice to have at least one developer from WDC listed as
designated reviewer too.

Maxim is candidate for designated reviewer but I think he doesn't
have the time.

It would also nice to have Andrzej Jakowski listed, if he is interested.

>> Of course, the patches don't necessarily have to go through my tree
>> either if this only serves to complicate things these days. If sending
>> separate pull requests directly to Peter would make things easier, I
>> certainly wouldn't object.
> I don't think there is any reason to by-pass your tree. I think the
> volume would need to increase even further for that to make sense.

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