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Changes To Merging Feature Work In Mesa

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Published on 16 February 2012 04:59 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
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After looking at the merges that went into the major Mesa 8.0 release, Ian Romanick has called for some changes in handling the merging of feature work for future versions of Mesa.

Ian's "Merging feature work to Mesa master" calls for not merging any features to master until a vertical slice of functionality is complete. In other word, no Mesa features would be merged (they would just be sitting in separate Mesa branches or in patch form) until something can be demonstrated that stresses all components that the given work deals with. This would eliminate broken features sitting around in Mesa or where a feature isn't fully implemented and just cluttering the code-base and making it more challenging for other developers to find where another developer left off.

Ian's other proposal, which he is seekign comments on as well, is that no feature should be merged to master under "a robust set of tests" are implemented or the feature at least documented. This could be Piglit regression tests or at least simple demos that take advantage of the newly-presented functionality.

Assuming most of the developers agree with the two proposals, this would affect how Mesa 8.1 is developed in the months leading up to its summer release.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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