LKML News v6.5-rc7

[MAINTAINERS SUMMIT] Handling of embargoed security issues – security@korg vs. linux-distros@ (Jiri Kosina)

Yet another maintainers summit agenda proposal about security issue handling has posted. There are securitiy@korg and linux-distros@. The kernel community wants to do handling of the security fixes from only security@, without being bothered by linux-distros@. Jiri proposes to discuss about if it could eventually better handled with linux-distros@.

Maintainers Summit 2023 Call for Topics (Theodore Ts’o)

The CFP for the maintainers summit of this year has posted. Already some interesting topics have suggested to

[PATCH 0/5] use refcount+RCU method to implement lockless slab shrink (part 1) (Qi Zheng)

Qi Zheng is splitting their lockless slab shrink patchset into three parts and posting the first part.

[MAINTAINERS SUMMIT] timing of releases, scheduling shutdowns and their impact on maintainer burnout

Yet another maintainer summit topic for maintainer burnout.

[MAINTAINERS SUMMIT] Quality standards for embargoed code (Sasha Levin)

One problem about embargoed fixes is that those are usually developed under the hood, without the many eyeballs. As a result, the quality of those are not that guaranteed. Sasha suggests a maintainer summit topic for making a standard process for ensuring the qulity.

[PATCH v32 0/6] Implement IOCTL to get and optionally clear info about PTEs (Muhammad Usama Anjum)

This patchset adds PAGEMAP_SCAN ioctl to emulate Windows GetWriteWatch() and ResetWriteWatch() systemcalls.

[PATCH -V2 0/4] memory tiering: calculate abstract distance based on ACPI HMAT (Huang Ying)

Second version of the patchset for adding abstract distance calculation algorithm management mecanism for various types of memory devices.

[PATCH 0/4] Improve mm documentation (Matthew Wilcox)

Willy is fixing kernel documentation comments errors in mm/, and link all of those to rst documents.

Linux 6.5-rc7 (Linus Torvalds)

The seventh release candidate, which usually the last rc of the regular release, has released a little bit earlier than usual, since Linus is travelling in a timezone other than his usual one. Things continue looking normal, though Linus feels many maintainers are on the vacation. That’s same for DAMON maintainer ;) Nevertheless, Linus tries to be optimistic, so probably we will have the v6.5 Linux kernel next Sunday.

FYI, I’m traveling with a laptop that I don’t use for building this blog in usual, and having trouble at doing it with the laptop I brought to this travel. I don’t think I will fix it soon. I’m writing this post in usual time (in unusual timezone), but the publishment might be after I finish my travel.

Below is the diffstat of the releases in the last two years.

Kernel release stat

Note that the y-axis is in logarithm. I draw it using and using below command:

$ --since 2021-08-20 | ~/lazybox/gnuplot/ \
    --data_fmt table --type labeled-lines --xtics_rotate -90 \
    --font "Times New Roman, 5pt" --ylog --pointsize 0.3

And, below is the diffstat of the -rc6 releases in the last two years.

rc7 release stat

SeongJae Park
Kernel Development Engineer

SeongJae Park is a programmer who loves to analyze and develop systems.