Linux Kernel: Mining for Maintainers

Lukas Bulwahn lukas.bulwahn at gmail.com
Sun Jul 18 04:47:56 UTC 2021


On Sat, Jul 17, 2021 at 1:20 PM Piyush Thange <pthange19 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> I am interested in the Mining Maintainers mentorship program and I would
> like to work on the tasks for the mentee selection.

The zeroth task is to learn suitable netiquette for the communication with
the kernel community. Below are some basic rules and pointers for this
mentorship. More information on kernel netiquette is also at
https://people.kernel.org/tglx/notes-about-netiquette.

First, please do not top-post.

    A: Because we read from top to bottom, left to right.
    Q: Why should I start my reply below the quoted text?

    A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
    Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

    A: The lost context.
    Q: What makes top-posted replies harder to read than bottom-posted?

    A: Yes.
    Q: Should I trim down the quoted part of an email to which I'm replying?

Second, please always CC: linux-kernel-mentees at lists.linuxfoundation.org.

Third, set up your email client according to the kernel community rules.
Here is some information to that:

https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/process/submitting-patches.html#no-mime-no-links-no-compression-no-attachments-just-plain-text
https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/process/email-clients.html

Generally more information on submitting patches and responding on
replies is at https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/process/submitting-patches.html

Once the zeroth task is understood, you can now move on to the first task:

First, download the kernel git repository and compile the kernel with
the x86-defconfig build configuration.

There is a file called MAINTAINERS in the root directory of the git
repository. Read the introduction at the beginning of the MAINTAINERS
file and understand the content in the file and its organisation.

Explain in your words: What is stored in the MAINTAINERS file?

Now, search for specific MAINTAINER entries; Please answer: Who are
the maintainers and reviewers of the following sections?

DVB_USB_GL861 MEDIA DRIVER
FREESCALE USB PHY DRIVER
HYPERBUS SUPPORT
I2C-TINY-USB DRIVER
IMON SOUNDGRAPH USB IR RECEIVER
INTEL PRO/WIRELESS 2100, 2200BG, 2915ABG NETWORK CONNECTION SUPPORT
NVM EXPRESS DRIVER
PS3VRAM DRIVER
PWM FAN DRIVER
UNSORTED BLOCK IMAGES (UBI)

Please let us know about your answers and always send your responses
to the linux-kernel-mentees mailing list. After that first exercise,
exercises 2 and 3 will follow.


Best regards,

Lukas


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