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SubjectRe: 2.6.18-rc7-mm1: networking breakage on HPC nx6325 + SUSE 10.1
On Wed, Sep 20, 2006 at 12:56:57AM +0200, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> On Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:30, Greg KH wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 19, 2006 at 03:06:29PM -0700, David Miller wrote:
> > > From: "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@sisk.pl>
> > > Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 00:06:52 +0200
> > >
> > > > I _guess_ the problem is caused by
> > > > gregkh-driver-network-class_device-to-device.patch, but I can't verify this,
> > > > because the kernel (obviously) doesn't compile if I revert it.
> > >
> > > Indeed.
> > >
> > > I thought we threw this patch out because we knew it would cause
> > > problems for existing systems? I do remember Greg making an argument
> > > as to why we needed the change, but that doesn't make breaking people's
> > > systems legitimate in any way.
> >
> > It's now thrown out, and I think Andrew already had a patch in his tree
> > that reverted this.
> >
> > I'll be bringing it back eventually, but first we are going to work out
> > all the kinks by probably putting these changes in the next few SuSE
> > alpha releases to see what shakes out in userspace that we need to go
> > fix.
> >
> > It's not 2.6.19 material at all, so don't worry :)
>
> Please note, however, that by including such changes in -mm we make _other_
> things be not tested.
>
> For example, if I can't install a new kernel and use it on my system without
> replacing some other pieces of software, I just won't be using it, because I
> have no time for playing with udev, hal, powersaved, acpid, ...
> Then, if there are any bugs in it that would have shown up on my system,
> we won't know about them unless they show up on someone else's system,
> which may not happen.
>
> The more changes that break existing setups are there in -mm, the less
> people will acutally try to use -mm kernels and that will result in buggier
> -rc kernels and more bugs propagating to the "stable" ones. Do we really
> want that to happen?

When it comes back, I will have updates for all versions of broken udev
packages so that it will not break older distros. Then it will be able
to be tested.

thanks,

greg k-h
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