Occasionally, I will forget to link something from the mailing list in this post. To see my full mailing list activity (patches, reviews, and reports), you can view it on lore.kernel.org.

Linux kernel patches

  • Build errors: These are patches to fix various build errors that I found through testing different configurations with LLVM or were exposed by our continuous integration setup. The kernel needs to build in order to be run :)

    • clk: Avoid invalid function names in CLK_OF_DECLARE() (v1)
    • riscv: Handle zicsr/zifencei issues between clang and binutils (v1)
    • wifi: iwlwifi: Avoid disabling GCC specific flag with clang (v1)
    • wifi: iwlwifi: mvm: Use 64-bit division helper in iwl_mvm_get_crosstimestamp_fw() (v1, v2)
  • Stable backports: It is important to make sure that the stable trees are as free from issues as possible, as those are the trees that devices and users use; for example, Android and Chrome OS regularly merge from stable, so if there is a problem that will impact those trees that we fixed in mainline, it should be backported.

    • drm/i915: Fix CFI violations in gt_sysfs (v1)
    • Backport of e89c2e815e76 to linux-5.10.y (v1)
  • Warning fixes: These are patches to fix various warnings that appear with LLVM. I used to go into detail about the different warnings and what they mean, but the important takeaway for this section is that the kernel should build warning free, as all developers should be using CONFIG_WERROR, which will turn these all into failures. Maybe these should be in the build failures section…

    • bpf: Increase size of BTF_ID_LIST without CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO_BTF again (v1)
    • net: pasemi: Fix return type of pasemi_mac_start_tx() (v1)
    • net: ethernet: ti: Fix format specifier in netcp_create_interface() (v1)

Patch review and input

For the next sections, I link directly to my first response in the thread when possible but there are times where the link is to the main post. My responses can be seen inline by going to the bottom of the thread and clicking on my name.

Reviewing patches that are submitted is incredibly important, as it helps ensure good code quality due to catching mistakes before the patches get accepted and it can help get patches accepted faster, as some maintainers will blindly pick up patches that have been reviewed by someone that they trust.

Issue triage, input, and reporting

The unfortunate thing about working at the intersection of two projects is we will often find bugs that are not strictly related to the project, which require some triage and reporting back to the original author of the breakage so that they can be fixed and not impact our own testing. Some of these bugs fall into that category while others are issues strictly related to this project.

Tooling improvements

These are changes to various tools that we use, such as our continuous integration setup, booting utilities, toolchain building scripts, or other closely related projects such as AOSP’s distribution of LLVM and TuxMake.

Behind the scenes

  • Every day that there is a new linux-next release, I rebase and build a few different kernel trees then boot and runtime test them on several different machines, including a Raspberry Pi 4, a Raspberry Pi 3, a SolidRun Honeycomb LX2, an Ampere Altra Developer Platform, an Intel-based desktop, an AMD-based desktop, and an Intel-based laptop. This is not always visible because I do not report anything unless there is something broken but it can take up to a few hours each day, depending on the amount of churn and issues uncovered.

  • I put prebuilt LLVM toolchains on kernel.org for other developers (download link, announcement).

Special thanks

Special thanks to Google and the Linux Foundation for sponsoring my work.