Community Consensus

The GNU C Library project is a consensus-based community-driven project.

The following is a nonexhaustive list of items which have community consensus.

1. Trivial Bug-Fix Changes

2. Machine Changes

3. Other Changes

4. Bad Changes

The source tree should always build and the testsuite should not regress without a clear reason posted to libc-alpha. If the build always works, and the testsuite is in a known good state, then the source is ready for any developers to commit changes. There is never any confusion about who or what patch regressed the testsuite, and bugs can be bisected because the source is always in a buildable state (or as close as possible).

Note that the libm tests (test-float, test-double, test-ldoubl, test-ifloat, test-idouble, test-ildoubl) test also the accuracy of routines and any new test might fail until the ulp files libm-test-ulps for that architecture is updated (see math/README.libm-tests). Note that unduly large ulps should not get added, these point to problems. So, for these routines, it's expected that the architecture files gets updated (after reviewing the change) as obvious.

5. Best Practice for Larger Changes

For doing larger changes, especially if those involve several architectures that the main author cannot test, the following work flow should be done:

  1. Create a branch and push it to the public glibc git repository as a personal branch.
  2. Test it on at least one architecture.
  3. Ask on the libc-alpha mailing list for review and testing by other parties. Give architecture maintainers enough time for this (an explicit deadline with 5 days should be ok)
  4. Merge the branch after getting reviews, additional tests - and no test failures.