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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] kbuild: Add the code maturity levels DEPRECATED and OBSOLETE.
    On Tue, 20 Feb 2007, Tilman Schmidt wrote:

    > On Sun, 18 Feb 2007 19:35:07 +0100, Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
    > > I think that the patch is useful and that the distinction between
    > > DEPRECATED and OBSOLETE options is quite clear:
    > >
    > > * DEPRECATED == new better code is available, old code scheduled for removal
    > >
    > > * OBSOLETE == no replacement yet but the code is broken by design
    > > and unreliable, not scheduled for removal yet
    >
    > Is that really the consensus on these definitions? I thought it was
    > more or less the opposite:
    >
    > * DEPRECATED == no (complete) replacement available yet, but it has
    > been decided that this code is less than optimal and alternatives
    > should be preferred
    >
    > * OBSOLETE == replacement available, no reason to use this code anymore

    those original definitions above are not quite the way i worded it.
    please consult the submitted patch to see how i phrased it.

    in a nutshell, my idea of deprecated is: perhaps still supported,
    still being used, but there is a better alternative available right
    now and you should consider switching at your convenience.

    obsolete means dead/unsupported/use at own risk. might still work but
    no guarantees and could be removed at any time.

    rday

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