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SubjectRe: PATCH: (as177) Add class_device_unregister_wait() and platform_device_unregister_wait() to the driver model core
In message <Pine.LNX.4.58.0401280304180.7851@serv> you write:
> Hi Rusty,
> On Wed, 28 Jan 2004, Rusty Russell wrote:
> > > Fixing this requires changing every single module, but in the end it
> > > would be worth it, as it avoids the duplicated protection and we had
> > > decent module unload semantics.
> >
> > And I still disagree. <shrug>
> And I still don't know why. :(

Exactly. So we have this same conversation over and over. It's the
single most frustrating experience I've ever had in kernel
development. 8( I was very disappointed you didn't make it to the
kernel summit.

> Well, the problem is that this won't be an one man show, it requires that
> a number of kernel hackers understand the problem and the possible
> solutions are discussed beforehand. I can understand that a lot here are
> scared of such big change, but either we either continue complaining about
> module unloading or we do something about it and this requires exploring
> the various possibilities.

Even if the perfect scheme were achieved, I don't think Linus would
accept changing every module. I was originally agitating for a
"perfect" solution, so few of us cared.

Linus has said it simply isn't important. Many kernel developers
basically agree.

> Rusty, you are the modules maintainer, you are supposed to understand
> these issues, if you already block a discussion like that, what am I
> supposed to expect from others?

I'm sorry. I tried to stay out of these discussions (hey maybe
someone will come up with a great solution!), but when Linus posted
something which was basically incorrect, I felt I had to clear the

For me, this issue long ago used up its timeslice.
Anyone who quotes me in their sig is an idiot. -- Rusty Russell.
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