Understanding merge window and next-tree

Bernd Petrovitsch bernd at petrovitsch.priv.at
Sat Sep 11 04:40:06 EDT 2021

Hi all!

On 10/09/2021 18:06, Lafan Mining wrote:
> I'm trying to understand how Linux Kernel development works and reading
> the relevant documentation
> at https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/process/2.Process.html
> <https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/process/2.Process.html>
> So there is the so called next-tree accumulating all the patches from
> all the subsystems ready for merge and the mainline tree. The thing is
> the merge-window is opened for 2 weeks (as mentioned in the linked
> documentation) and as far as I understood all the changes will be merged
> into the mainline.

The main purpose of the -next tree is to identify (and solve) merge
issues (way) before the merge window so that there is less stress and
chaos in the merge window.

Bernd Petrovitsch                  Email : bernd at petrovitsch.priv.at
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