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SubjectRe: so ... what *are* candidates for removal?
On Wed, 2 May 2007, Stefan Richter wrote:

> Regarding features that are overdue for removal according to
> feature-removal-schedule.txt:
> I remember that at least one person used to watch for due dates for
> feature removal, wrote the removing patches, and sent them to the
> appropriate lists and maintainers. This either got rid of the
> obsolete stuff, or it turned up reasons why some feature could not
> be removed just yet and how to update feature-removal-schedule.txt
> to correctly reflect that.
> So, as they say, Patches Are Welcome.

that's a nice idea, but it doesn't address the problem that someone
might go to the trouble to create such a patch and send it in, only to
have that submission generate shrieking along the lines of "OHMIGOD,
we can't delete that *yet*!!!"

that's the whole point of this wiki page:

it's meant for active participation to converge on a *consensus* as to
what should go and what shouldn't, *after* which the features removal
file can be updated appropriately and patches can start to be

it's incredibly wasteful to take the time to create and submit a
feature removal patch that ends up just *establishing* that something
shouldn't be deleted yet. i'm sure most people here can think of
better things to do with their time.

Robert P. J. Day
Linux Consulting, Training and Annoying Kernel Pedantry
Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
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