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SubjectRe: sunhme.c patch for new PCI interface (UNTESTED)
I wrote:
>[...] the cost of incorrectly
>using __initdata when __devinitdata was correct is that the user's
>KERNEL WILL CRASH when the notebook is inserted or removed from such a
>docking station, even when the kernel is built with CONFIG_HOTPLUG.

My statement above, without some missing qualification, is wrong.
I should have qualified this statement more carefully. (I'm sure the
flames are already in the mail about this.) The kernel will crash in
any case if the relevant driver does not support hot plugging.and the
notebook is being removed with the PCI driver still loaded.

For drivers that do not support hot plugging, we could use
__initdata instead of __devinitdata, since they will crash in any
case. However, violating the instructions in Documentation/pci.txt
("The ID table array should be marked __devinitdata") in this way
will provoke a slew of driver bugs as the over one hundred remaining
PCI drivers are converted to the new PCI interface and some authors
overlook the need to change the MODULE_DEVICE_TABLE storage class.

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