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SubjectRe: autofs patch in 2.0.31?
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Followup to:  <Pine.LNX.3.96.970819142442.20919j-100000@mercator.cs.kuleuven.ac.be>
By author: Geert Uytterhoeven <Geert.Uytterhoeven@cs.kuleuven.ac.be>
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
> On Tue, 19 Aug 1997, Steven N. Hirsch wrote:
> > Linus,
> >
> > Any reason why support for hpa's autofs cannot be included in the eventual
> > release of 2.0.31?
>
> Because it's a new feature and not a bug fix?
>

True, but it is an "inert" new feature, meaning that if you don't
compile it in, it won't affect you. The only modifications outside
the autofs proper that I had to do in 2.0.2x/2.0.30 were a few minor
bug fixes, such as __fput not being exported to modules. Those *are*
bug fixes, and should be included anyway. Even if Linus chooses
against including the autofs source in 2.0.31, it should be possible
to make a kernel module by simply doing "make kernel" in the autofs
distribution, without having to deal with kernel patches.

-hpa
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