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Date:	Fri, 6 Sep 2013 13:31:01 +1000
From:	Stephen Rothwell <>
To:	Alex Williamson <>
Subject: Re: linux-next: back merge of Linus' tree into the vfio tree

Hi Alex,

On Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:14:29 -0600 Alex Williamson <> wrote:
> On Fri, 2013-09-06 at 09:08 +1000, Stephen Rothwell wrote:
> > 
> > I noticed that you have back merged Linus' tree into yours.  Linus
> > usually takes a dim view of that - especially when there is no
> > explanation in the merge commit message.  i.e. you shouldn't to that
> > unless you really need to - and then you should explain why you did it.
> Hmm, I was hoping that wouldn't be a problem, especially with no
> conflicts in the merge.  I did it because the first commit after the
> merge in my next tree depends on PCI changes that have already been
> merged by Linus.  Re-basing is an even bigger sin and I felt it better
> to do a merge than ask for two pulls or add an unbuild-able commit to my
> next tree.  How do you suggest that I resolve this?

See above ... you should have said all that in the merge commit message.
I guess that you should just own it now and explain it to Linus when you
ask him to pull your tree.

Stephen Rothwell          

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