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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Re: Move of input drivers, some word needed from you

    On Sun, 20 Aug 2000, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
    > >
    > > Who will send the joystick Makefile/ patch to Linus? Please send it
    > > ASAP, I'll do the hackery for CONFIG_INPUT_ADBHID after that then.
    > Me. Here's a patch for -test7pre5.
    > NOTE (for Linus): beside the Changes to the makefiles and {C,c}onfig.ins
    > this is the same as moving drivers/joystick/*.c and drivers/usb/{evdev.c,
    > hid-debug.h, hid.c, hid.h, iforce.c, input.c, keybdev.c, mousedev.c, usbkbd.c,
    > usbmouse.c, wacom.c } to drivers/input

    I have yet to understand WHY all of this is done.


    I personally think this is a major step backwards. Moving things to be in
    the same directory just because it made some configuration easier. Nobody
    has explained to me why you couldn't just add one new configuration
    option, and make the affected drivers (in their regular places) dependent
    on that configuration option.

    Are all the SCSI drivers going to be under drivers/scsi/? No. The "normal"
    ones that don't have any better place for them are, but nobody has really
    suggested moving drivers/usb/storage around to another place just because
    it uses the SCSI layer.

    This patch is not going in until somebody can explain to me (in words of
    one syllable) why it makes any sense at all. As far as I can tell, it
    would be a ton more cleaner to do just

    mv drivers/usb/input.c drivers/char/

    and add a config option for it that the real drivers (wherever they may
    be - be they USB, firewire, joysticks, what-not) can know to disable
    themselves or not.

    I object to moving files around in ways that makes the tree _less_ clear.
    I want the kernel tree to be a nice hierarchy of drivers, filesystems,
    etc. I don't see the point in lumping everything together in one
    subdirectory just because they happen to be "input" devices, regardless of
    what kind of device they really are.


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