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SubjectRe: [RFC] Patch series to remove devfs [00/22]
On Sat, Jun 11, 2005 at 07:39:04AM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 11, 2005 at 12:21:34PM +0200, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > On Sat, Jun 11, 2005 at 12:43:27AM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> > >...
> > > Comments welcome.
> > >...
> >
> > Please don't remove the !CONFIG_DEVFS_FS dummies from devfs_fs_kernel.h.
> >
> > I'm sure some driver maintainers will want to keep the functions in
> > their code because they share their drivers between 2.4 and 2.6 .
> All drivers should be in the mainline kernel tree, so why would they
> need this? Remember, out-of-the-tree drivers are on their own...

I'm talking about drivers in the mainline kernel tree.

In some cases the driver author supports both 2.4 and 2.6 and prefers to
support them in one file. Sometimes he submits the latest version of his
driver to Marcelo or Linus.

If you remove the global function dummies, you force every driver
maintainer who works this way to add the function dummies to their

Yes, there are many places where 2.4 and 2.6 are not source compatible
for good reasons. But if the effort for maintaining compatibility
between 2.4 and 2.6 in one area is as easy as keeping a header file with
some dummy funtions it's worth considering.

And keeping the compatibility stuff in one file instead of spreaded
through the kernel sources makes the cleanup to remove the last
occurences a few years from now easier.

> thanks,
> greg k-h



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of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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