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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Delete cryptoloop
    On Thu, Jul 29, 2004 at 01:23:35PM -0400, James Morris wrote:
    > On Thu, 29 Jul 2004, Andries Brouwer wrote:
    >
    > > # Part of the reason for dropping cryptoloop is to help dm-crypt
    > > # mature more quickly.
    > >
    > > A very strange reason. But maybe it fits in with dropping the idea
    > > of a stable kernel.
    >
    > Well, now that the kernel development model has changed (there may not be
    > a 2.7 in the forseeable future), just when do you drop buggy, unmaintained
    > code?

    Most of the kernel is buggy.
    Most of the kernel is unmaintained.

    Drop code when it has become superfluous - the same functionality
    is provided by other parts, less buggy, or better maintained, or
    with other redeeming features. (But very slowly - try to preserve
    kernel interface stability for several years.)

    Drop code when it has become superfluous - the functionality is
    not needed any more.

    Drop code when it is broken - some change somewhere broke it,
    and no kernel developer has the knowledge, or desire, or time,
    to fix it.

    Drop code when it has become a burden - when the need to keep it working
    causes complications al over the place.


    Andries
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