Wait times for patch submission

Mandeep Sandhu mandeepsandhu.chd at gmail.com
Tue Jan 6 16:26:20 EST 2015

Thanks for your input. I'll keep it in mind for the future.


On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 12:29 PM, Bjørn Mork <bjorn at mork.no> wrote:
> Mandeep Sandhu <mandeepsandhu.chd at gmail.com> writes:
>> Hi All,
>> I wanted to check with ppl who frequently post patches to LKML on how
>> long should one should wait before resending the patches in case
>> there's no response to them.
> That depends on lots of factors.  Like how important the patch is, what
> kind of patch management system the maintainer uses, etc, etc.
>> I had sent a patch on Greg KH's staging-next tree, on 16 Dec '14 to
>> LKML and the relevant maintainers.
>> I got a mail from Greg's friendly bot stating that the branch was
>> closed and that the patches will be looked at once the merge window
>> closes.
> Which usually (always?) is true.  Note that "once the merge window
> closes" doesn't necessarily mean within days after -rc1.  It might mean
> a few weeks if the maintainer is busy doing other stuff, like travelling
> etc.  And maintainers are always busy :-)
> Some maintainers even have a life, which implies taking time off with
> their family at this time of the year.  You should therefore give them a
> week or two extra slack.
> And no, this does not count as "no response".  You got a reply giving a
> precise description of how your patches will be handled and what you
> need to do.
>> Do I need to resend the patches again or will they be picked up from
>> the maintainer's queue?
> They will most likely be picked up as promised, and you'll get another
> mail telling you which tree they were added to.
> I would wait until at least -rc5 in any case before considering a
> repost of something destined for the next release. That still leaves
> plenty of time before the next merge window opens.
> Bjørn

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