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SubjectRe: Are -final releases realy FINAL? (Was Re: kernel 2.4.14 compiling fail for loop device)
linus goofed when he missed the two refrences to this function.

however as he pointed out earlier it was a function that could never get
called.

removing a function that can never be called comes pretty close to a
trivial change to me.

even with this mistake it far fewer changes then we have seen in some of
the past -final releases so at the very least it's a step in the right
direction.

David Lang

On Wed, 7 Nov 2001, Anuradha Ratnaweera wrote:

> Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 09:13:14 +0600
> From: Anuradha Ratnaweera <anuradha@gnu.org>
> To: Robert Love <rml@tech9.net>, torvalds@transmeta.com
> Cc: Mike Fedyk <mfedyk@matchmail.com>, Terminator <jimmy@mtc.dhs.org>,
> linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> Subject: Are -final releases realy FINAL? (Was Re: kernel 2.4.14
> compiling fail for loop device)
>
> On Mon, Nov 05, 2001 at 11:02:36PM -0500, Robert Love wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, 2001-11-05 at 22:43, Mike Fedyk wrote:
> > >
> > > Did anyone have this problem with pre8???
> >
> > Nope, it was added post-pre8 to final. The deactivate_page function was
> > removed completely.
>
> Look, Linus. Things should _not_ happen this way.
>
> Why do we add non-trivial changes when going from last -preX of a test kernel
> series to -final?
>
> Please make the last stable -preX the -final _without_ any changes. This is
> the third time this caused problem in recent times (2.4.11-dontuse, parport
> compile problems and now loop.o), and why don't we learn from previous
> mistakes?
>
> Isn't it stupid that some tarballs in the /pub/linux/kernel/v2.4/ do not even
> compile, while those in /pub/linux/kernel/testing/ does?
>
> Regards,
>
> Anuradha
>
> --
>
> Debian GNU/Linux (kernel 2.4.14-pre7)
>
> I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at the rate
> of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ...
> -- F. H. Wales (1936)
>
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