Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux and the maintainer of the development kernel, is cracking down on developers who add last-minute changes to the kernel.

The kernel development team recently set a policy that new features must be added to the next version of the kernel during the two weeks after the release of the previous version.

But James Bottomley, who currently maintains the code for SCSI support in the kernel, said Wednesday that he is finding it difficult to keep to the two-week merge window as contributors are leaving it to him to test whether their patches work with the rest of the system.

"That's a nice theory, except that it's my contributors who drop me in it by leaving their patch sets until you declare a kernel, dumping the integration testing on me in whatever time window is left," Bottomley wrote in a posting to the kernel mailing list.

Torvalds replied that Bottomley needs to get tough on his contributors.

"You tell them to stop it, and stop accepting their patches in that window, so that it's their code that gets delayed, not yours," he said in an e-mail.
Torvalds gets tough on kernel coders | CNET