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Linux headers updates (was: Re: [PATCH 00/22] linux-user: generate sysca

From: Cornelia Huck
Subject: Linux headers updates (was: Re: [PATCH 00/22] linux-user: generate syscall_nr.sh)
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:56:38 +0100

On Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:46:54 +0100
Aleksandar Markovic <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Cornelia Huck <address@hidden> wrote:

> > That said, I'll probably queue a headers update on the s390-next branch
> > right now (against current Linus master),  
> >  
> Hi, Cornelia,
> I am not stopping you from updating headers from Linus' master, however, I
> think a better practice would be to do regular updates from each stable
> kernel release (the last one is 5.5), rather than from an arbitrary
> kernel-du-jour, which may be the subject of change (including reverts) wrt
> headers between two stable releases.

I disagree. Not being able to do an update for a whole three months
would block any of the features relying on kernel interfaces for the
same time (or even longer, if the kernel release schedule aligns badly
with QEMU freeze.)

Issues with things being reverted in the Linux headers have been rare
(and the ones I remember were because we did not merge from Linus
master, but from some other tree that changed before being merged). I
don't think it is worth slowing down development because of those rare

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