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From: Richard Knutsson <ricknu-0@student.ltu.se>
To: Matthias Schniedermeyer <ms@citd.de>
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC] How to (automatically) find the correct maintainer(s)
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 22:42:26 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <45AAA3C2.80603@student.ltu.se> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <45A973A8.1000101@citd.de>

Matthias Schniedermeyer wrote:
> Richard Knutsson wrote:
>   
>> Matthias Schniedermeyer wrote:
>>
>>     
>>> Richard Knutsson wrote:
>>>
>>>  
>>>
>>>       
>>>> Any thoughts on this is very much appreciated (is there any flaws with
>>>> this?).
>>>>     
>>>>         
>>> The thought that crossed my mind was:
>>>
>>> Why not do the same thing that was done to the "Help"-file. (Before it
>>> was superseded by Kconfig).
>>>
>>> Originaly there was a central Help-file, with all the texts. Then it was
>>> split and placed in each sub-dir. And later it was superseded by Kconfig.
>>>
>>> On the other hand you could skip the intermediate step and just fold the
>>> Maintainer-data directly into Kconfig, that way everything is "in one
>>> place" and you could place a "Maintainers"-Button next to the
>>> "Help"-Button in *config, or just display it alongside the help.
>>>
>>> And MAYBE that would also lessen the "update-to-date"-problem, as you
>>> can just write the MAINTAINERs-data when you create/update the
>>> Kconfig-file. Which is a thing that creates much bigger pain when you
>>> forget it accidently. ;-)
>>>
>>> Oh, and it neadly solves the mapping-problem, for at least all
>>> kernel-parts that have a Kconfig-option/Sub-Tree.
>>>   
>>>       
>> I'm all for splitting up the MAINTAINERS! :)
>>
>> Just, do you have any ideas how to solve the possible multiple of the
>> same entries, when handling multiple sub-directories and when many
>> different drivers with different maintainers are in the same directory
>> and a maintainer have more then one driver?
>>     
>
> Handles.
> If a Maintainer maintains several subsystems/drivers a "handle" could be
> used to references to a handle-list (hello MAINTAINERS) or to the place
> where the full-maintainers-entry is placed.
>   
Mm, and maybe store the entry on the shortest-pathway common directory. 
Then there should be just a few left entries in the current MAINTAINERS. 
But how to create the handles?
* Name (problem with persons with the same name)
* E-mail (much to change when they change it)
This also make a problem when there is a change of the maintainer, what 
happens with the entry if there is no maintainer?
* Just numbers and increase every new one with one? (quite ugly!)
... and here is the end of my ideas.

Any good ideas? (Really liked the idea to have a "Maintainer"-button 
next to "Help" in *config)


  reply	other threads:[~2007-01-14 21:40 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 23+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-01-13 16:30 Richard Knutsson
2007-01-13 17:16 ` Stefan Richter
2007-01-13 19:18   ` Richard Knutsson
2007-01-13 20:15     ` Stefan Richter
2007-01-13 23:33       ` Richard Knutsson
2007-01-14  1:00         ` Stefan Richter
2007-01-14  1:02           ` Stefan Richter
2007-01-14 21:28           ` Richard Knutsson
2007-01-14 22:44             ` Stefan Richter
2007-01-15 18:39               ` Richard Knutsson
2007-01-15 20:06                 ` Stefan Richter
2007-01-13 20:03 ` Matthias Schniedermeyer
2007-01-13 23:41   ` Richard Knutsson
2007-01-14  0:04     ` Matthias Schniedermeyer
2007-01-14 21:42       ` Richard Knutsson [this message]
2007-01-14 23:04         ` Stefan Richter
2007-01-15  0:01           ` Matthias Schniedermeyer
2007-01-15  0:43             ` Stefan Richter
2007-01-15 18:01               ` Richard Knutsson
2007-01-15 20:05                 ` Matthias Schniedermeyer
2007-01-15 20:21                   ` Richard Knutsson
2007-01-14 23:36         ` Matthias Schniedermeyer
2007-01-22 19:56 ` Andrew Morton

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