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|Latest mainline (4.1)
 
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| Pretty much always the latest mainline tree.
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Each branches maintainer rotates each month. The MotM field above refers to the current months active maintainer.
 
Each branches maintainer rotates each month. The MotM field above refers to the current months active maintainer.
If in doubt, send mail to the kernel list (info below) rather than individuals.
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If in doubt, send mail to the kernel list (info below) rather than individuals.  The maintainers are part of the [[Fedora_Engineering|Fedora Engineering]] team.
  
 
= Fedora kernel mailing list =
 
= Fedora kernel mailing list =
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Join the {{fpchat|#fedora-kernel}} channel on freenode.net.
 
Join the {{fpchat|#fedora-kernel}} channel on freenode.net.
 
Every two weeks, the fedora kernel team meets in the {{fpchat|#fedora-meeting}} channel on freenode.net for a one hour meeting. (Details on times at [[Meeting_channel]])
 
  
 
= Source checkout info =
 
= Source checkout info =
  
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
fedpkg co -B kernel
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fedpkg co kernel
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
This gets you the git checkout and sets up branches for f13, f14, and master (devel).
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This gets you the git checkout and sets up branches for the current releases and master (devel).
 
Once you have switched to the branch you care about (with git checkout branchname), fedpkg prep will create a tree.
 
Once you have switched to the branch you care about (with git checkout branchname), fedpkg prep will create a tree.
  
You'll then be left with a kernel-2.6.? directory, containing both an unpatched 'vanilla-2.6.?' dir, and a linux-2.6.?-noarch hardlinked dir which has the Fedora patches applied.
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You'll then be left with a kernel-3.X.? directory, containing both an unpatched 'vanilla-3.X.?' dir, and a linux-3.X.?-noarch hardlinked dir which has the Fedora patches applied.
  
 
The above command will require you to have SSH access to the Fedora pkg-git archives. If you want to do an anonymous checkout of the sources, you can use:
 
The above command will require you to have SSH access to the Fedora pkg-git archives. If you want to do an anonymous checkout of the sources, you can use:
  
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
fedpkg co -Ba kernel
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fedpkg co -a kernel
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
  
 
= Contributing to the Fedora kernel =
 
= Contributing to the Fedora kernel =
* For one-off fixes, send them to the fedora-kernel mailing list, or if they are relevant upstream, send them directly to linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org and Fedora will inherit them on the next rebase
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* For one-off fixes, send them to the Fedora kernel mailing list, or if they are relevant upstream, send them directly to linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org and Fedora will inherit them on the next rebase
 
* If you are sending lots of changes to the Fedora kernel, then it may make more sense for you to get commit access. (Note, for most things, sending them upstream is far more preferable).
 
* If you are sending lots of changes to the Fedora kernel, then it may make more sense for you to get commit access. (Note, for most things, sending them upstream is far more preferable).
 
* To request commit access to the Fedora kernel:
 
* To request commit access to the Fedora kernel:
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* '''Please''' subscribe to the mailing list above. Important announcements regarding rebases, builds, patches being disabled, and much more happen there.
 
* '''Please''' subscribe to the mailing list above. Important announcements regarding rebases, builds, patches being disabled, and much more happen there.
 
* If you're interested in adding an out-of-tree driver or similar to the Fedora kernel, please read [[KernelDriverPolicy]] first. See [[KernelStagingPolicy]] also.
 
* If you're interested in adding an out-of-tree driver or similar to the Fedora kernel, please read [[KernelDriverPolicy]] first. See [[KernelStagingPolicy]] also.
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* Here is a brief overview of the [[Kernel/Spec|kernel.spec]] file
  
 
= Building =
 
= Building =
  
Commit access also gives you the ability to build kernels that go out to end-users when you 'make build'. Please note the caveats.
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Fedora's kernels are signed during the build via the pesign client on a specific set of machines.  To limit exposure of officially signed builds, only certain people can successfully submit builds that will be tagged into the various koji target tags.  If you are not in this ACL then your build will start, but it will fail in the final tagging step.  Scratch builds are not subject to this, so it is recommended to use that.  If you want the ability to build kernels that go out to end-users when you 'fedpkg build', you need to be in the ACLs that allow builds to be tagged.
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Please note the caveats on official builds.
 
* The kernel package currently builds many rpms, which means it ties up the build system for hours at a time.  For this reason, coordinate with other developers on irc/fedora-kernel-list to be sure there isn't more than one build happening at once.
 
* The kernel package currently builds many rpms, which means it ties up the build system for hours at a time.  For this reason, coordinate with other developers on irc/fedora-kernel-list to be sure there isn't more than one build happening at once.
 
* Rawhide gets pushed once a day.  If you think a build may occur later in the day for some reason, hold off on building.  If in doubt, ask.
 
* Rawhide gets pushed once a day.  If you think a build may occur later in the day for some reason, hold off on building.  If in doubt, ask.
 
* If you are checking in patches for any branch other than rawhide, the build won't automatically go out to users, it needs to be processed through [http://bodhi.fedoraproject.org bodhi] .  Consider the negative effect of flooding end-users with too many updates, and coordinate your builds with others so that we push updates containing more than one fix.
 
* If you are checking in patches for any branch other than rawhide, the build won't automatically go out to users, it needs to be processed through [http://bodhi.fedoraproject.org bodhi] .  Consider the negative effect of flooding end-users with too many updates, and coordinate your builds with others so that we push updates containing more than one fix.
 
* For the end-user who wants to build a custom kernel, we offer a separate wiki page [[Building_a_custom_kernel | with complete instructions]].
 
* For the end-user who wants to build a custom kernel, we offer a separate wiki page [[Building_a_custom_kernel | with complete instructions]].
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= Updates =
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=== Process ===
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As mentioned above, updates have to go through bodhi.  Below is the process we use for filing a kernel update in bodhi.
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* Fill in the package NVR, the bugs it fixes, and any notes you would like to include.  Normally this is simply "The <kver> stable update contains a number of important fixes across the tree", or for a rebase "The <kver> rebase contains improved hardware support, a number of new features, and many important fixes across the tree."
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* Ensure 'Suggest Reboot' is selected
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* Ensure 'Enable karma automatism' is '''not''' selected
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* Watch the commentary on the update, ensure bugs are filed for negative karma, etc
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* After the update has been in updates-testing for a decent amount of time and has significantly positive karma (these are relative), push it to stable.
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With the wide variety of hardware and use cases Fedora users have, we have found that enabling auto-karma can be detrimental.  Often testers will give positive karma for their use cases, hit the auto-karma limit, and the update will be queued for stable before it even hits updates-testing.  That significantly reduces the tester pool and can cause an update that introduces issues for a significant number of people to be pushed to stable.  We delay intentionally to try and catch these cases.  While we will never achieve a perfect update, it has helped quite a bit.
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=== Schedule ===
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For stable Fedora branches, the updates essentially follow the upstream stable release schedule.  Those tend to be released once a week or slightly less frequently.  We do the minor update, build and submit, making sure that the N-1 update is in stable before pushing that release (unless N-1 is very broken.)  E.g. When 3.19.2 is released, we push it to testing and make sure 3.19.1 is at least queued for stable.  That way bodhi doesn't obsolete the 3.19.1 update.  When we have a major rebase for a stable Fedora branch, we follow the same guidelines as above but simply allow more time for people to test.
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For a Fedora release in [[Releases/Branched|Branched]] state, we tend to file updates at each relevant upstream milestone release.  E.g. if that branch is working through the 4.0-rcX releases, we file an update once per -rc.  As the Fedora release gets closer to GA, the kernel being shipped will transition to a stable upstream release.  Then we essentially follow the same steps as above.
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As mentioned in the previous section, Rawhide does not use bodhi for updates.
  
 
= Policies =
 
= Policies =
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= Other handy links =
 
= Other handy links =
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* [[Kernel/SubmittingUpstream | How to submit a patch upstream]]
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* [[Kernel/DayToDay | How to do various day to day tasks]]
 
* [[KernelCommonProblems]]
 
* [[KernelCommonProblems]]
 
* [[KernelBugTriage]]
 
* [[KernelBugTriage]]
 
* [[Building a custom kernel]]
 
* [[Building a custom kernel]]
* [[Building a non-debugging kernel]]
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* [[Building_a_custom_kernel#Building_a_non-debugging_kernel | Building a non-debugging kernel ]]
 
* [[How to use kdump to debug kernel crashes]]
 
* [[How to use kdump to debug kernel crashes]]
* Information on building upstream kernels by hand for testing can be found at [[BuildingUpstreamKernel]]
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* [[Kernel/EarlyDebugging | How to debug very early kernel panics]]
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* Information on building upstream kernels by hand for testing can be found at [[Building_a_custom_kernel#Building_Vanilla_upstream_kernel | Building a vanilla kernel]]
 
* [https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/kernel Kernel Updates]
 
* [https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/kernel Kernel Updates]
 
* [[KernelTestingInitiative]]
 
* [[KernelTestingInitiative]]
 
* [[RawhideKernelNodebug]] The repository for rawhide kernels built without debugging enabled.
 
* [[RawhideKernelNodebug]] The repository for rawhide kernels built without debugging enabled.

Latest revision as of 21:08, 2 June 2015

Assorted information related to the Fedora Linux kernel.

Contents

[edit] Current versions

Release Version MotM Comments
F20 3.19.x jforbes
F21 3.19.x jforbes
F22 4.0 jwb Synced with rawhide until 4.1 merge window
Rawhide Latest mainline (4.1) jwb Pretty much always the latest mainline tree.

Each branches maintainer rotates each month. The MotM field above refers to the current months active maintainer. If in doubt, send mail to the kernel list (info below) rather than individuals. The maintainers are part of the Fedora Engineering team.

[edit] Fedora kernel mailing list

For discussion about Fedora related kernel package issues only. For "my kernel module doesn't work" type messages, see the http://kernelnewbies.org list, or linux-kernel.

kernel

[edit] IRC

Join the #fedora-kernel[?] channel on freenode.net.

[edit] Source checkout info

fedpkg co kernel

This gets you the git checkout and sets up branches for the current releases and master (devel). Once you have switched to the branch you care about (with git checkout branchname), fedpkg prep will create a tree.

You'll then be left with a kernel-3.X.? directory, containing both an unpatched 'vanilla-3.X.?' dir, and a linux-3.X.?-noarch hardlinked dir which has the Fedora patches applied.

The above command will require you to have SSH access to the Fedora pkg-git archives. If you want to do an anonymous checkout of the sources, you can use:

fedpkg co -a kernel

[edit] Contributing to the Fedora kernel

  • For one-off fixes, send them to the Fedora kernel mailing list, or if they are relevant upstream, send them directly to linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org and Fedora will inherit them on the next rebase
  • If you are sending lots of changes to the Fedora kernel, then it may make more sense for you to get commit access. (Note, for most things, sending them upstream is far more preferable).
  • To request commit access to the Fedora kernel:
  • Get a fedora account if you don't already have one
  • Visit the package db entry for the kernel and request access for the branch(es) which interest you.
  • Please subscribe to the mailing list above. Important announcements regarding rebases, builds, patches being disabled, and much more happen there.
  • If you're interested in adding an out-of-tree driver or similar to the Fedora kernel, please read KernelDriverPolicy first. See KernelStagingPolicy also.
  • Here is a brief overview of the kernel.spec file

[edit] Building

Fedora's kernels are signed during the build via the pesign client on a specific set of machines. To limit exposure of officially signed builds, only certain people can successfully submit builds that will be tagged into the various koji target tags. If you are not in this ACL then your build will start, but it will fail in the final tagging step. Scratch builds are not subject to this, so it is recommended to use that. If you want the ability to build kernels that go out to end-users when you 'fedpkg build', you need to be in the ACLs that allow builds to be tagged.

Please note the caveats on official builds.

  • The kernel package currently builds many rpms, which means it ties up the build system for hours at a time. For this reason, coordinate with other developers on irc/fedora-kernel-list to be sure there isn't more than one build happening at once.
  • Rawhide gets pushed once a day. If you think a build may occur later in the day for some reason, hold off on building. If in doubt, ask.
  • If you are checking in patches for any branch other than rawhide, the build won't automatically go out to users, it needs to be processed through bodhi . Consider the negative effect of flooding end-users with too many updates, and coordinate your builds with others so that we push updates containing more than one fix.
  • For the end-user who wants to build a custom kernel, we offer a separate wiki page with complete instructions.

[edit] Updates

[edit] Process

As mentioned above, updates have to go through bodhi. Below is the process we use for filing a kernel update in bodhi.

  • Fill in the package NVR, the bugs it fixes, and any notes you would like to include. Normally this is simply "The <kver> stable update contains a number of important fixes across the tree", or for a rebase "The <kver> rebase contains improved hardware support, a number of new features, and many important fixes across the tree."
  • Ensure 'Suggest Reboot' is selected
  • Ensure 'Enable karma automatism' is not selected
  • Watch the commentary on the update, ensure bugs are filed for negative karma, etc
  • After the update has been in updates-testing for a decent amount of time and has significantly positive karma (these are relative), push it to stable.

With the wide variety of hardware and use cases Fedora users have, we have found that enabling auto-karma can be detrimental. Often testers will give positive karma for their use cases, hit the auto-karma limit, and the update will be queued for stable before it even hits updates-testing. That significantly reduces the tester pool and can cause an update that introduces issues for a significant number of people to be pushed to stable. We delay intentionally to try and catch these cases. While we will never achieve a perfect update, it has helped quite a bit.

[edit] Schedule

For stable Fedora branches, the updates essentially follow the upstream stable release schedule. Those tend to be released once a week or slightly less frequently. We do the minor update, build and submit, making sure that the N-1 update is in stable before pushing that release (unless N-1 is very broken.) E.g. When 3.19.2 is released, we push it to testing and make sure 3.19.1 is at least queued for stable. That way bodhi doesn't obsolete the 3.19.1 update. When we have a major rebase for a stable Fedora branch, we follow the same guidelines as above but simply allow more time for people to test.

For a Fedora release in Branched state, we tend to file updates at each relevant upstream milestone release. E.g. if that branch is working through the 4.0-rcX releases, we file an update once per -rc. As the Fedora release gets closer to GA, the kernel being shipped will transition to a stable upstream release. Then we essentially follow the same steps as above.

As mentioned in the previous section, Rawhide does not use bodhi for updates.

[edit] Policies

Below are some of the policies we use when it comes to various aspects of the Fedora kernel

[edit] Other handy links