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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] cryptoloop
        From  Wed Jul  2 23:36:40 2003

    > Now suppose one wants a large dev_t. Some people do.

    <thumps table> 2.6 will support a large dev_t.

    We need to make this happen.

    Very well.

    > Then several steps are needed. One of these steps
    > is the addition of the mknod64 system call.
    > That is a nice small isolated step - part of the necessary
    > user space interface. It can be done independently of any
    > other steps. It was submitted, but is not in the present
    > kernel. Why not? I do not recall anybody pointing out problems.

    This precisely illustrates my point.

    mknod64() and several other dev_t patches (ext2 and ext3 support,
    especially) have stalled in -mm for months. The reason why I have not
    moved ahead with them is that I am waiting to see the rest of the work.

    That is what they call a deadlock.
    You asked a few times what parts could be submitted and I answered.

    Because it could be that Al has different ideas, or that someone else gets
    down and completes the work and wants to do it differently. I simply do
    not know.

    Neither do I. I just wait and see.

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