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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2.5.5-pre1 IDE cleanup 9


    On Fri, 22 Feb 2002, Greg KH wrote:

    > On Thu, Feb 21, 2002 at 10:01:14PM +0100, Gérard Roudier wrote:
    > >
    > > I have investigated it, but it didn't seem to allow the boot order set by
    > > user in sym53c8xx HBA NVRAMs to be applied, breaking as a result all
    > > systems depending on it. Since it is transparently handled by the
    > > sym53c8xx driver and just behaves _as_ user expects, my guess is that
    > > numerous users may just have their system relying on it.
    >
    > But as Jeff noted, it is _required_ for PCI hotplug functionality.
    > Because allmost all of the SCSI drivers are not using this over 2 year
    > old interface, they will not work properly on large machines that now
    > support PCI hotplug. Much to my dismay.
    >
    > Init order works off of PCI probing order. If the network people can
    > handle this, the SCSI people can :)
    >
    > > Propose a kernel API that does not break more features that it adds and I
    > > will be glad to use it.
    >
    > Huh? This is not a new API. What does it break for you?

    Thanks for the reply. But my concern is user convenience in _average_
    here. Basically, I want the 99% of users that cannot afford neither need
    nor want PCI hotplug to have their system just dead in order to make happy
    the 1%.

    In other word, I donnot care about this 1% if it makes run a tiny risk to
    the 99% to get inconvenience a single second. Btw, I am among the 99%.

    Gérard.

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