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SubjectRe: 2.4.xx IDE development policy

Peter,

The water is warm, get wet!

As far as Promise, I am working on a contract w/ their development group
to solve all of these issues for good.

I find it interesting that 2.4.16 is rock solid.

Since I am still picking up the pieces and sorting out patch trees, if you
have a copy of that patch and would send it back my way. It will go a long
way to solving the mystery.

Cheers,

Andre Hedrick
LAD Storage Consulting Group


On Sat, 31 Aug 2002, Peter wrote:

>
> I'm confident that the development of IDE drivers for 2.4 is in excellent
> hands, with Alan and Andre working together. Still, the IDE drivers on the
> popular Promise cards have been unstable for a while now, and things have
> clearly gone from quite good to worse.
>
> Andre appears to be faced with very buggy and idiosyncratic hardware, and
> the recent problems have been introduced in the attempt to accomodate for
> this. Personally, for instance, I'm still running 2.4.16 with Andre's
> patch on a Promise '69 and a 160GB drive, and I've never had a hint of a
> problem -- heavy use over networks for months. Now people are reporting
> serious problems with this card.
>
> Non-functioning harddrives is obviously not as bad as losing data, but
> still this is a bummer, man. How about a development policy to consolidate
> progress and reduce the complexity of the task? Something like, Promise
> cards that operate to spec get left alone. Idiosyncratic cards get an
> experimental label and warnings, maybe only unofficial support through
> patches, or they get marked as bad.
>
> Add a diagnostic to the documentation. Let people bug the vendor about out
> of spec hardware.
>
> Linus commented earlier on how ATA development drives people up the wall;
> we just had one person burn out. So let's do something about it.
>
> Cheers,
> Peter
>
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