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* Next btrfs development cycle open - 5.5
@ 2019-09-09 15:07 David Sterba
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From: David Sterba @ 2019-09-09 15:07 UTC (permalink / raw)
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a friendly reminder of the timetable and what's expected at this phase.

5.2 - current
5.3 - upcoming, urgent regression fixes only
5.4 - development closed, pull request in prep, fixes or regressions only
5.5 - development open, until 5.4-rc5 (at least)


Current status

Branch misc-5.4 has been forked off misc-next (based on 5.3-rc8) and contains
the first pull request changes.  I'm going to send an early pull request
before the merge window starts, due to travelling.

There are some fstest failures or things worth closer look, now is the time.

Hilights of 5.4 changes

The space handling has been reworked, getting rid of some corner case behaviour
and improving the logic to address it from higher level (that's my interpretation).

Tree checker has learned some new tricks (inode item checks).

Again there are many cleanups and refactoring.

Pending features

There are several patchsets implementing new features. Please note that the
reviewer bandwidth stays mostly constant, not much chance to make things

The patchsets reworking the core things get a slight preference over features
as they can be verified by functional testing and do not impact user

Git development repos

Usual points

* the current patch queue (as is in misc-next) looks stable, so no big
  changes are going to be applied at this time. The usual exceptions are
  bugfixes or obvious cleanups.

* the base of the patches should be the last announced pull request,
  which is going to be named 'for-5.4' in my tree.  Reviewed
  patches will be collected in a branch that's usually named 'misc-next'
  in my devel git repos and is part of the for-next at git repo.

* merging of new patches to misc-next will be slow during the
  merge window

* review other developer patches, test them, find bugs before they are in a
  released kernel

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