My issues with kernel development
Posted Jun 12, 2008 2:21 UTC (Thu) by pr1268
Parent article: Andrew Morton on kernel development
First of all, I wish to thank Andrew for his thoughts and time in responding. Such discussion relating to kernel development is refreshing.
As for reporting bugs, I've two in particular with 2.6.25[.x] that I've been loath to report:
- make oldconfig doesn't appear to work anywhere near what I expected. After doing so, I had a .config for a Summit subarch with drivers enabled for all sorts of devices I don't have in my 32-bit x86 PC.
- Inserting a CD/DVD into either of my DVD-RW drives and subsequently issuing an appropriate mount(8) command had the shell gripe at me stating that no media was present. However, waiting 15-20 seconds between closing the drive door and issuing the mount command works fine. This behavior is different than 2.6.24 (and earlier).
Granted, I was hesitant to report either of these (until now) because I was unsure whether (1) was operator error, and whether (2) was expected new behavior given the patches submitted for 2.6.25. Plus, I didn't want to add yet another message to the (already crowded) LKML. But, I'm curious: would reporting either of these be appropriate?
I would certainly love to contribute to the kernel development project--I even subscribed to the LKML (having been inspired by our editor's eagerness to help with the Kill-The-BKL project)--but being a newbie, I could use a little guidance.
Thanks again to Andrew for his candor.
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