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    On Fri, 20 Apr 2001, Tom Rini wrote:

    > On Fri, Apr 20, 2001 at 12:35:12PM -0400, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
    >
    > > Why not having everybody's tree consistent with themselves and have whatever
    > > CONFIGURE_* symbols and help text be merged along with the very code it
    > > refers to? It's worthless to have config symbols be merged into Linus' or
    > > Alan's tree if the code isn't there (yet). It simply makes no sense.
    >
    > Well, this depends a lot on a) The project to be merged (arch, mtd, whatever)
    > and b) how far something has gotten in being merged someplace else, and of
    > course c) the maintainer(s). Whatever the exact case, and in general, it
    > should be handled via the maintainer. Why? They maintain the code.

    Therefore it's the maintainer's job to submit coherent patches and accept to
    see inconsistent CONFIG_* references be removed from the official tree until
    further patch submission is due. It's only a question of discipline.
    Otherwise how can you distinguish between dead wood which must be removed
    and potentially valid symbols referring to code existing only in a remote
    tree?


    Nicolas

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