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SubjectRe: [Announce] BKL shifting into drivers and filesystems - beware
Linus Torvalds writes:
> On Thu, 13 Jul 2000, Alan Cox wrote:
> >
> > This kind of lock shifting is a major upheaval. It invalidates any device
> > driver testing done in the past weeks when we have been slowly moving towards
> > more stability.
> I much rather do it now than later. Later means either: (a) during 2.4.x
> or (b) early in 2.5.x.
> (a) is obviously impossiblme. 'Nuff said.
> (b) means that we'll have these subtle incomptibilities between the
> release kernel and the development kernel, and backporting of fixes
> etc suddenly becomes much harder.

But at some point you need to cut a new kernel version and live with

> The (b) kind of inconsistency is unavoidable, but I'd rather avoid
> it for the "mindless" kind of lock movement that affects a lot of
> drivers and filesystems, yet is basically very simple ("mindless" !=
> "easy").

Except it will cost us time and stability. Where do you draw the line?

Or even better: when will 2.4 be really, really, *really* released?



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