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Date:   Tue, 29 Mar 2022 21:25:03 -0700
From:   Jakub Kicinski <>
Cc:,,,,,,, Jakub Kicinski <>
Subject: [PATCH net v3 12/14] docs: netdev: call out the merge window in tag checking

Add the most important case to the question about "where are we
in the cycle" - the case of net-next being closed.

Signed-off-by: Jakub Kicinski <>
Reviewed-by: Florian Fainelli <>
 Documentation/networking/netdev-FAQ.rst | 4 +++-
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/networking/netdev-FAQ.rst b/Documentation/networking/netdev-FAQ.rst
index 294ad9b0162d..a18e4e671e85 100644
--- a/Documentation/networking/netdev-FAQ.rst
+++ b/Documentation/networking/netdev-FAQ.rst
@@ -103,7 +103,9 @@ So where are we now in this cycle?
 and note the top of the "tags" section.  If it is rc1, it is early in
 the dev cycle.  If it was tagged rc7 a week ago, then a release is
-probably imminent.
+probably imminent. If the most recent tag is a final release tag
+(without an ``-rcN`` suffix) - we are most likely in a merge window
+and ``net-next`` is closed.
 How can I tell the status of a patch I've sent?

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