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Date:	Wed, 06 Jun 2007 13:33:57 -0500
From:	wendy xiong <wendyx@...ibm.com>
To:	Jeff Garzik <jeff@...zik.org>
Cc:	Mithlesh Thukral <mithlesh@...xen.com>, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	amitkale@...xen.com, netxenproj@...syssoft.com, rob@...xen.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/5] NetXen: Add NETXEN prefix to macros

On Wed, 2007-06-06 at 14:05 -0400, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 06, 2007 at 12:52:44PM -0500, wendy xiong wrote:
> > On Sun, 2007-06-03 at 11:50 -0400, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> > > Mithlesh Thukral wrote:
> > > > NetXen: Add NETXEN prefix to a macro
> > > > This patch will add the "NETXEN" prefix to "USER_START" macro.
> > > > 
> > > > Signed-off by: Wen Xiong <wenxiong@...ibm.com>
> > > > Signed-off by: Mithlesh Thukral <mithlesh@...xen.com>
> > > > ---
> > > > 
> > > >  drivers/net/netxen/netxen_nic.h         |    4 ++--
> > > >  drivers/net/netxen/netxen_nic_ethtool.c |    2 +-
> > > >  drivers/net/netxen/netxen_nic_hw.c      |    4 ++--
> > > >  drivers/net/netxen/netxen_nic_init.c    |    4 ++--
> > > >  4 files changed, 7 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)
> > > 
> > > Your patch description is useless.  Clearly we know -what- it does, 
> > > simply by reading the patch.
> > > 
> > > But it does not answer the simple question:  why?  why is this needed in 
> > > a bug fix Release Candidate series?
> > 
> > Hi Jeff,
> > 
> > When we backported netxen driver to 2.6.9 kernel on ppc, we saw the
> > compile errors for "USER_START". Because there is another definition for
> > USER_START which is used by arch/ppc64/mm/hash_utils.c and native.c.
> > 
> > So we like to add NETXEN before USER_START in netxen device driver, then
> > netxen driver can be compiled correctly in 2.6.9 kernel.
> > 
> > Let me know if you any question for this patch.
> 
> That answers my questions, but doesn't address the issue:  You need
> to regenerate the patch with the description improved as described.
> 
> The patch description is copied verbatim into the kernel changelog, and
> preserved verbatim for all eternity.  Four years from now, we need to be
> able to read the patch description and understand -why- the NETXEN_xxx
> prefix was added.  Simply stating that the NETXEN_xxx prefix was added
> is useless, as it is self-evident from reading the patch itself.
> 
> 	Jeff
> 
> 
> 
Jeff, 
Thanks.
We will re-generate the patch with correct issue title and description.

Thanks,
wendy

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