[lkml]   [2001]   [Jan]   [12]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
SubjectRe: 2.4.1-pre1 breaks XFree 4.0.2 and "w"
On Fri, Jan 12, 2001 at 10:35:24AM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> Andreas argument was that earlier kernels weren't consistent, and as
> such we shouldn't even bother to try to make newer kernels consistent.
> We would be better off reporting our internal inconsistencies the way
> earlier kernels did - the kernel would be confusing, but at least it
> would be consistently confusing ;)

The earlier kernels were 98% consistent in providing the "cpu_has" information
via /proc/cpuinfo that is true information too.

What I am suggesting is to fix the few places to make the /proc/cpuinfo 100%
consistent reporting "cpu_has", and to provide the "can_I_use" information in
another place (for example with /proc/osinfo or a new "osflags" row in

This way we are 100% consistent and we don't lose the "cpu_has" information.

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
Please read the FAQ at

 \ /
  Last update: 2005-03-22 13:28    [W:0.100 / U:1.616 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site