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Subject[PATCH] More pedantry.
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Using 'errata' as singular instead of 'erratum' seems to one of the more 
common illiteracies found in the kernel.

I'm not sure what the text for the IA64 CONFIG_ACPI20 option
("Enable ACPI 2.0 with errata 1.3") is supposed to mean, so I can't tell
whether that's wrong. It's the only user-visible instance.

As the other instances aren't user-visible, it's probably not worth the
bother of fixing them.

However, I think we should make an exception for arch/ppc/kernel/misc.S and
arch/i386/kernel/smp.c, in which which we invent a new plural 'erratas' for
the word 'errata' which was already a plural. That is just such an abuse of
the language that I felt it needed to be fixed even though it isn't
user-visible.

English or C. Pick one. Be incoherent in the other.

Index: arch/ppc/kernel/misc.S
===================================================================
RCS file: /inst/cvs/linux/arch/ppc/kernel/misc.S,v
retrieving revision 1.3.2.25
diff -u -r1.3.2.25 misc.S
--- arch/ppc/kernel/misc.S 2001/07/03 09:34:19 1.3.2.25
+++ arch/ppc/kernel/misc.S 2001/07/12 10:00:24
@@ -813,7 +813,7 @@
_GLOBAL(_set_HID0)
sync
mtspr HID0, r3
- SYNC /* Handle erratas in some cases */
+ SYNC /* Handle errata in some cases */
blr

_GLOBAL(_get_ICTC)
Index: arch/i386/kernel/smp.c
===================================================================
RCS file: /inst/cvs/linux/arch/i386/kernel/smp.c,v
retrieving revision 1.6.2.26
diff -u -r1.6.2.26 smp.c
--- arch/i386/kernel/smp.c 2001/02/24 19:12:22 1.6.2.26
+++ arch/i386/kernel/smp.c 2001/07/12 10:00:24
@@ -28,21 +28,21 @@
* The Linux implications for SMP are handled as follows:
*
* Pentium III / [Xeon]
- * None of the E1AP-E3AP erratas are visible to the user.
+ * None of the E1AP-E3AP errata are visible to the user.
*
* E1AP. see PII A1AP
* E2AP. see PII A2AP
* E3AP. see PII A3AP
*
* Pentium II / [Xeon]
- * None of the A1AP-A3AP erratas are visible to the user.
+ * None of the A1AP-A3AP errata are visible to the user.
*
* A1AP. see PPro 1AP
* A2AP. see PPro 2AP
* A3AP. see PPro 7AP
*
* Pentium Pro
- * None of 1AP-9AP erratas are visible to the normal user,
+ * None of 1AP-9AP errata are visible to the normal user,
* except occasional delivery of 'spurious interrupt' as trap #15.
* This is very rare and a non-problem.
*

--
dwmw2


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