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Date:   Tue, 29 Mar 2022 21:25:01 -0700
From:   Jakub Kicinski <>
Cc:,,,,,,, Jakub Kicinski <>
Subject: [PATCH net v3 10/14] docs: netdev: make the testing requirement more stringent

These days we often ask for selftests so let's update our
testing requirements.

Signed-off-by: Jakub Kicinski <>
Reviewed-by: Florian Fainelli <>
 Documentation/networking/netdev-FAQ.rst | 14 +++++++++-----
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/networking/netdev-FAQ.rst b/Documentation/networking/netdev-FAQ.rst
index f8b89dc81cab..1388f78cfbc5 100644
--- a/Documentation/networking/netdev-FAQ.rst
+++ b/Documentation/networking/netdev-FAQ.rst
@@ -196,11 +196,15 @@ as possible alternative mechanisms.
 What level of testing is expected before I submit my change?
-If your changes are against ``net-next``, the expectation is that you
-have tested by layering your changes on top of ``net-next``.  Ideally
-you will have done run-time testing specific to your change, but at a
-minimum, your changes should survive an ``allyesconfig`` and an
-``allmodconfig`` build without new warnings or failures.
+At the very minimum your changes must survive an ``allyesconfig`` and an
+``allmodconfig`` build with ``W=1`` set without new warnings or failures.
+Ideally you will have done run-time testing specific to your change,
+and the patch series contains a set of kernel selftest for
+``tools/testing/selftests/net`` or using the KUnit framework.
+You are expected to test your changes on top of the relevant networking
+tree (``net`` or ``net-next``) and not e.g. a stable tree or ``linux-next``.
 How do I post corresponding changes to user space components?

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