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Date:	Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:52:38 +1000
From:	Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>
To:	Linus Torvalds <>
Cc:	Guenter Roeck <>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
	Dave Jones <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	stable <>
Subject: Re: [ 00/19] 3.10.1-stable review

On Fri, 2013-07-12 at 10:50 -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> You cut out the important part:
>  - It must fix a problem that causes a build error (but not for things
>    marked CONFIG_BROKEN), an oops, a hang, data corruption, a real
>    security issue, or some "oh, that's not good" issue.  In short, something
>    critical.
> That list is not a "or" list, it's an "and" list - it needs to follow
> *all* the rules. The exception is the "New device IDs and quirks are
> also accepted", which maybe should be made more clearly separate.

So if I read this (and stable_kernel_rules.txt) correctly, that means that
for example, let's say, we find in RHEL66 or SLES42 (possibly following
a user report), for example, that PCI hotplug is broken with some category
of devices on some machines.

We do a fix, it's roughtly 4 or 5 lines, pretty self contained. We get it
into the distro.

That still doesn't qualify for stable right ? We have to start shooting at
every distro around separately or wait for users of those other distros
to also hit it ?

Where is the line when something "Doesn't work" (without crashing/oops'ing or
being a security issue) ?

My personal line so far has been to take it and send it to -stable if the
patch is simple enough and self contained (little risk of side effects).

But I can stop if that's indeed the accepted rule.


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