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* [dpdk-stable] [PATCH v2] doc: update stable section
@ 2021-02-19 11:17 Kevin Traynor
  2021-02-22 12:37 ` Kevin Traynor
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 4+ messages in thread
From: Kevin Traynor @ 2021-02-19 11:17 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: dev; +Cc: stable, bluca, christian.ehrhardt, Kevin Traynor

Updating the docs to elaborate on the stable release
characteristics and better document the current practice
about new features in stable releases.

Signed-off-by: Kevin Traynor <>

v2: Send to right dev list this time.  Fix typo.
 doc/guides/contributing/stable.rst | 33 ++++++++++++++++++++++++------
 1 file changed, 27 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)

diff --git a/doc/guides/contributing/stable.rst b/doc/guides/contributing/stable.rst
index 20b081670..7a0a505aa 100644
--- a/doc/guides/contributing/stable.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/contributing/stable.rst
@@ -19,4 +19,8 @@ consumers of DPDK with a stable target on which to base applications or
+The primary characteristics of stable releases is that they attempt to
+fix issues and not introduce any new regressions while keeping backwards
+compatibility with the initial release of the stable version.
 The Long Term Support release (LTS) is a designation applied to a Stable
 Release to indicate longer term support.
@@ -94,12 +98,29 @@ commit message body as follows::
 Fixes not suitable for backport should not include the ``Cc:`` tag.
-Features should not be backported to stable releases. It may be acceptable, in
-limited cases, to back port features for the LTS release where:
+To support the goal of stability and not introducing regressions, new code
+being introduced is limited to bug fixes. New features should not be backported
+to stable releases.
-* There is a justifiable use case (for example a new PMD).
-* The change is non-invasive.
-* The work of preparing the backport is done by the proposer.
-* There is support within the community.
+In some limited cases, it may be acceptable to backport a new feature
+to a stable release. Some of the factors which impact the decision by
+stable maintainers are as follows:
+* Does the feature break API/ABI?
+* Does the feature break backwards compatibility?
+* Is it for the latest LTS release (to avoid LTS upgrade issues)?
+* Is there a commitment from the proposer or affiliation to validate the feature and check for regressions in related functionality?
+* Is there a track record of the proposer or affiliation validating stable releases?
+* Is it obvious that the feature will not impact existing functionality?
+* How intrusive is the code change?
+* What is the scope of the code change?
+* Does it impact common components or vendor specific?
+* Is there a justifiable use case (a clear user need)?
+* Is there a community consensus about the backport?
+Performance improvements are generally not considered to be fixes, but may be considered
+in some cases where:
+* It is fixing a performance regression that occurred previously.
+* An existing feature in LTS is not usable as intended without it.
 The Stable Mailing List

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