Re: [ath9k-devel] [ 00/78] 3.3.2-stable review

From: Don deJuan
Date: Mon Apr 16 2012 - 17:39:56 EST

On 04/16/2012 02:18 PM, Felipe Contreras wrote:
On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 11:58 PM, Greg KH<gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 11:11:05PM +0300, Felipe Contreras wrote:
On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM, Greg KH<gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Just one minor correction in this looney email thread:

On Sat, Apr 14, 2012 at 01:53:22AM +0300, Felipe Contreras wrote:
v3.3.x on the other hand are *not* stable. They contain patches
backported from v3.4, but nobody guarantees they will work. There was
no v3.3.1-rc1, so the first time the patches compromising v3.3.1 were
generally tested together is in v3.3.1, at which point if somebody
finds issues, it's too late; bad patches are *not* going to be removed
in v3.3.2.

Of course there was a 3.3.1-rc1, see the linux-kernel archives for the
announcemen and the individual patches. has the large patch
itself if you like that format instead.

I don't see it here:;a=tags

If you really want people to try it, why not tag it?

That would be because I don't keep it in that tree. It is in a quilt
tree you can find in the stable-queue.git repo, and I have never tagged
-rc1 releases there. No one has ever asked for it before, so in the
past 6 years of stable releases, I guess no one ever needed it.

ketchup and tarballs seem to work well for others, perhaps you can use
that as well (hint, ketchup on top of the linux-stable tree works just
fine for testing this.)

Perhaps the current process will be continue to be OK, but I do
believe a tagged v3.3.1-rc1 would have catched the ath9k issue.
Hopefully that would mean it could have been dropped/reverted for

I used to compile my own kernels and use your stable tree, but this a
new laptop and I was using Arch Linux which automatically updated to
v3.3.1, and with no network I had no way to revert to v3.2.x.

For an Arch user I am shocked you are able to keep things going on your setup. Why are you not spending this much effort complaining to Arch Dev's for not properly testing 3.3.1 before pushing it. I know they did not put it into testing and was just put through the mailing list for people to test, with only a few ack's showing up on the list, before pushing about a day later.

Also how did you not have something to roll back to? Why was there not a package left in your /var/cache/pacman/pkg cache? Unless you clean out your cache way to often you should have more than one kernel you could have "rolled back" with a simple pacman -U linux-version-that-last-worked.

This much effort and bitching on your part to people who had nothing to do with you getting a bad push from Arch, Arch should have done further testing of it OR you should have waited a day before updating to see if anything on your shiny new laptop would have been effected.

Fortunately I had the kernel sources available, but I wonder how many
people were completely stuck.

On arch no one should have been stuck if they would have read the wiki's and been more aware of their systems. Stable or not you are living on the bleeding edge or as close to it as possible when on Arch, read their philosophy and methods and their wiki. Then if you have issues with something Arch pushes to you, would it not be better to spend your efforts on the distro you are running?

If some other 3.x.1 release get broken this way, I would seriously
consider tagging v3.x.1-rc1 as well. It works for Linus' tree.


Just my .02 from someone not involved in any of this who is just fed up with you twisting crap around to fit your gripes with something that is not related to the trees or methods at hand. YOU got a package from YOUR distro of choice and because YOU were not aware of things when updating your distro YOU broke it. Not Linus or Greg, but Arch and you not understanding the kernel did NOT go through the normal testing repo. I have a system that would have broke in the same manner as yours, running Arch, but because I am aware I have a few things that are getting lots of work in the kernel, I need to be aware of the updates, especially kernel's just being tested through the mailing list. Also why did you not have at least the LTS as a backup on your Arch install, if you are clearing out your cache so frequently to not have at least one version to "roll back"?
Learn your hardware and how it interacts with the distro you choose and you can better help yourself and ALL these efforts would not just end up making you seem like a ranting loon!

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