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SubjectRe: PATCH 2.5.4 i810_audio, bttv, working at all.
Martin Dalecki wrote:
> David S. Miller wrote:
> > From: Linus Torvalds <>
> > Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 10:30:48 -0800 (PST)
> >
> > Basic rule: it's up to _other_ architectures to fix drivers that don't
> > work for them. Always has been. Because there's no way you can get the
> > people who just want to have something working to care.
> >
> >And if nobody else ends up doing it, you are right it will be people
> >like Jeff and myself doing it.
> >
> >So what we are asking is to allow a few weeks for that and not crap up
> >the tree meanwhile. This is so that the cases that need to be
> >converted are harder to find.
> >
> If you try to use them, then they are not hard to find - things just
> break for you and you fix tem.

Applying a patch like s/virt_to_bus/virt_to_phys/ makes it more
difficult to find the right spots to change later.

Patience :) We will fix i810_audio and the other notables. As I noted
in the other message just now, i810_audio and bttv fixes are already
floating around, and hopefully should appear on lkml or in a Linus
pre-patch soon...

> If you are fixing things for the "store" Linus is right that indeed it's
> just a waiste of time on your behalf.

I can tell you it is -not- a waste of time. It's not a waste of time
when a vendor appears out of nowhere, having copied a driver of yours.
Since you did it right(tm), the vendor driver is portable, even though
its original source was for x86-only hardware. It's not a waste of time
when people copy your code or learn from your code. It's not a waste of
time when spiffy new x86 hardware appears that has useful IOMMU stuff,
making a driver's use of the PCI DMA API automatically useful for that
new hardware.

I agree with Linus that there is little motivation for someone to
continue patching a driver, after they have fixed the problem they set
out to fix. But that is not the same as saying driver portability is
worthless... far from it.


Jeff Garzik | "I went through my candy like hot oatmeal
Building 1024 | through an internally-buttered weasel."
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