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SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2.5.5-pre1 IDE cleanup 9
On Fri, Feb 22, 2002 at 11:46:46AM -0800, Andre Hedrick wrote:

> > > Average user does not care about PCI probing. But it does care on booting
> > > the expected kernel image and mounting the expected partitions.
> > > It also doesn't care of code aesthetical issue even with free software
> > > since average user is not a kernel hacker.
> >
> > Most SCSI drivers are not using the 2.4 PCI API, which has been
> > documented and stable for a while now.
> Also not that ATA/IDE drivers were not using 2.4 PCI API and likewise was
> stable for a while.

But that's a shame on the ATA/IDE drivers actually.

> > This is need for transparented support for cardbus and hotplug PCI, not
> This is HOST level operation not DEVICE, and you do not see the differenc.

Exactly. That's why it is needed for hotplug PCI and CardBus.

> > some pie-in-the-sky code asthetic. This will become further important
> > as 2.5.x transitions more and more to Mochel's driver model work, which
> > will among other things provide a sane power management model.
> >
> > To tangent, IDE and SCSI hotplug issues are interesting, because a lot
> > of people forget or mix up the two types of hotplug, board (host)
> > hotplug and drive hotplug.
> It is a shame that I will now have to start from scratch to create another
> API for hotplug device for ATA/ATAPI that was migrating into SCSI because
> of the ide-scsi driver.


Vojtech Pavlik
SuSE Labs
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