Kernel bugs: out of control?
Posted May 11, 2006 12:26 UTC (Thu) by nix
In reply to: Kernel bugs: out of control?
Parent article: Kernel bugs: out of control?
Well, the 2.4 kernels, which you applaud as being so terribly stable: the right word for them would be 'stale'. No devs to speak of ran them, so many old bugs accumulated and were never fixed, and because it diverged so much from the dev tree, many fixes accumulated in the 2.4 tree which were never forward ported!
Simply making a stable tree with no dev tree won't help: the developers will simply use their own private trees, or some other dev's git repository.
Your real complaint appears to be 'it doesn't work on my hardware and I'm not willing to go to the effort needed to track down the problem and get it fixed'. (There are numerous ways to troubleshoot remote machines; look up the network kernel syslog option, for instance. Even panics get dumped out of that.)
And as for the 'trivial patches imply improper review', well, anyone with any experience of software maintenance would know this is untrue: many of the most subtle bugs need very small patches to fix them once you've finally worked out the cause (e.g., one extra lock around some data structure on which multiple concurrent accesses are racing: two or three lines, a sod to find and very hard to reproduce.)
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