[Linux-kernel-mentees] [PATCH] Documentation: MAINTAINERS: add information about parse-maintainers.pl

Aditya yashsri421 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 21 12:58:59 UTC 2020

On 21/11/20 3:27 pm, Lukas Bulwahn wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 11:16 AM Aditya <yashsri421 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 20/11/20 3:42 pm, Aditya Srivastava wrote:
>>> parse-maintainers.pl is a script which can be used to automatically
>>> order the contents of MAINTAINERS file in preferred order (i.e.
>>> But currently we don't have a documentation on it.
>>> Add documentation regarding the same in MAINTAINERS file.
>>> Signed-off-by: Aditya Srivastava <yashsri421 at gmail.com>
>>> ---
>>> the patch applies perfectly on latest next-20201119
>>>  MAINTAINERS | 3 +++
>>>  1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
>>> index 5db753fa1295..7ad00af7acd4 100644
>>> @@ -136,6 +136,9 @@ Descriptions of section entries and preferred order
>>>             printk, pr_info or pr_err
>>>          One regex pattern per line.  Multiple K: lines acceptable.
>>> +This order can be generated automatically for you using
>>> +``scripts/parse-maintainers.pl``.
>>> +
>>>  Maintainers List
>>>  ----------------
>> Rationale for my changes:
>> I did not go into much detail of its working here.
>> A bit detail on this can be to use 'scripts/parse-maintainers
>> --sorted' which produces the sorted file in MAINTAINERS.new by
>> default. The input and output default files can be changed using
>> '--input' and '--output' options. However, here I have omitted these
>> details as running with '--help' option already provides this
>> information in detail.
>> So just making user aware of the script should serve our purpose.
>> What do you think?
> It makes sense not to put that into MAINTAINERS.
> Do you understand how to use ./scripts/parse-maintainers, though?
Yes. From what I have understood, parse-maintainers.pl orders the
maintainers lists in ASCII order.

So, the list for '3C59X NETWORK DRIVER' will be displayed before

It further orders the entries inside every list in this alphabetical

> So if the warning with checkpatch is shown on a patch, what would you
> need to execute to get a corrected patch?

We can directly use this command 'scripts/parse-maintainers.pl
--output="MAINTAINERS" --order' to replace the MAINTAINERS with the
correct order.
However, I wouldn't recommend going for it. This is so because:
1) The MAINTAINERS file at that time might not be ordered properly for
all the different lists in it or among each other. This will result
into producing more numbers of changed lines as desired.

For eg, currently MAINTAINERS is not ordered properly. Running
parse-maintainers.pl on it results in placing 'DELL WMI NOTIFICATIONS
DRIVER' before 'DELL WMI SYSMAN DRIVER' and so on. (producing changes
with 112 Removals and 113 Additions, for simple ordering)

However if we are sure that these misplaced orders should not be
placed in that way, we can add a warning and fix for this too ie for
mutual ASCII ordering of the lists.
But this might need the list to be ordered once, otherwise for any
further changes to MAINTAINERS, it will emit this warning.

The best option currently though might be to use
'scripts/parse-maintainers.pl --order'. This creates a new
MAINTAINERS.new file, without harming our 'MAINTAINERS' file.
Now, one can check if their entries are correct manually and fix it
However, we can maybe automate this (as I think) by:
Read MAINTAINERS.new and store these lists entries as hashes and
replace it somehow (maybe using line numbers) in MAINTAINERS with the
sorted one.

> So if the warning with checkpatch is shown on a patch, what would ou
> you need to execute to get a corrected patch?

Again coming to this question, I don't think we can modify the patch
alone, as the line numbers and other informations in the diff
generated may change drastically. So, I think the user should probably
consider making changes in MAINTAINERS itself and then creating patch.

What do you think?


> Lukas

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