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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] fs: Restore files_lock and set_fs_root exports
    Christoph Hellwig <> wrote:
    > On Fri, Jan 07, 2005 at 10:00:14AM +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
    > > so my strong position is that even asking for any 'warning period' for
    > > changes in VFS internals (including exports/unexports) would be
    > > extremely rude.

    No, I'd say that unexports are different. They can clearly break existing
    code and so should only be undertaken with caution, and with lengthy notice
    if possible.

    And it _is_ possible here, because there are no plans to change the
    exported functions, and it's only two lines of code, dammit.

    The cost to us of maintaining those two lines of code for a year is
    basically zero.

    The cost to others of us removing those two lines of code without warning
    is appreciable.

    Obvious solution: don't remove the two lines of code without warning.

    The only reason I can see for peremptorily removing those two lines of code
    is that there is some benefit to doing so which outweighs the downstream
    cost of doing so. Nobody has demonstrated such a benefit.

    > <sarcasm>
    > <osdl-salespitch>
    > Unfortunately you don't have the financial and political powers IBM
    > has, so your opinion doesn't matter as much. Maybe you should become
    > OSDL member to influence the direction of Linux development.
    > </osdl-salespitch>
    > </sarcasm>

    Christoph, it would be better to constraint yourself to commenting on other
    people's actions rather than entering into premature speculation regarding
    their motivations, especially when that speculation involves accusations of

    I have outlined the reasons for delaying the removal of these exports. If
    you can demonstrate that those reasons are invalid, and that I had good
    reason for also believing that those reasons are invalid then that would be
    an appropriate stage at which to start to speculate about ulterior
    motivations, thanks very much.
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