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Date:   Mon, 18 May 2020 17:16:02 +0000
From:   Luis Chamberlain <mcgrof@...nel.org>
To:     Xiaoming Ni <nixiaoming@...wei.com>
Cc:     keescook@...omium.org, yzaikin@...gle.com, adobriyan@...il.com,
        patrick.bellasi@....com, mingo@...nel.org, peterz@...radead.org,
        tglx@...utronix.de, gregkh@...uxfoundation.org,
        Jisheng.Zhang@...aptics.com, bigeasy@...utronix.de,
        pmladek@...e.com, akpm@...ux-foundation.org,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org,
        wangle6@...wei.com, alex.huangjianhui@...wei.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 0/4] cleaning up the sysctls table (hung_task watchdog)

On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 11:59:53AM +0800, Xiaoming Ni wrote:
> Kernel/sysctl.c contains more than 190 interface files, and there are a 
> large number of config macro controls. When modifying the sysctl 
> interface directly in kernel/sysctl.c, conflicts are very easy to occur.
> E.g: https://lkml.org/lkml/2020/5/10/413.

FWIW un the future please avoid using lkmk.org and instead use
https://lkml.kernel.org/r/<MESSAGE-ID> for references.

> Use register_sysctl() to register the sysctl interface to avoid
> merge conflicts when different features modify sysctl.c at the same time.
> 
> So consider cleaning up the sysctls table, details are in:
> 	https://kernelnewbies.org/KernelProjects/proc
> 	https://lkml.org/lkml/2020/5/13/990
> 
> The current patch set extracts register_sysctl_init and some sysctl_vals
> variables, and clears the interface of hung_task and watchdog in sysctl.c.
> 
> The current patch set is based on commit b9bbe6ed63b2b9 ("Linux 5.7-rc6"),
> which conflicts with the latest branch of linux-next:
> 	9b4caf6941fc41d ("kernel / hung_task.c: introduce sysctl to print
> all traces when a hung task is detected")
> 
> Should I modify to make patch based on the "linux-next" branch to avoid
> conflicts, or other branches?

If you can do that, that would be appreciated. I have a sysctl fs cleanup
stuff, so I can take your patches, and put my work ont op of yours and
then send this to Andrew once done.

  Luis

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