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SubjectRe: obsolete code must die
On Thu, 14 Jun 2001, Alan Cox wrote:

> > Would it make sense to create some sort of 'make config' script that
> > determines what you want in your kernel and then downloads only those
> > components? After all, with the constant release of new hardware, isn't a
> > 50MB kernel release not too far away? 100MB?
>
> This should be a FAQ entry.
>
> For folks doing kernel development a split tree is a nightmare to
> manage so we dont bother. Nothing stops a third party splitting and
> maintaining the tools to download just the needed bits for those who
> want to do it that way

I vaguely remember a distro shipping a kernel source tree without the
non-i386 arch directories. Looked like a good idea at first - saved a fair
chunk of disk space, and didn't break anything. Then you try applying a
patch, and get a truckload of errors... Easier just to keep the whole
thing together, IMO.


James.

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