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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] [IDE] Platform IDE driver (was: MMIO IDE driver)


On Thursday 26 July 2007, Guennadi Liakhovetski wrote:
> On Wed, 25 Jul 2007, Alan Cox wrote:
> > > driver to using platform-device. I got a reply, that it's not worth it now
> > > that IDE is slowly becoming obsolete, and the pata_platform serves the
> > > perpose perfectly well. I found this argument reasonable, I had the same
> > > doubt, just wanted to double-check. So, why do we now need a new legacy
> > > (a/drivers/ide/legacy/ide_platform.c) driver when a "modern" driver
> > > exists?
> >
> > We don't *need* it but some people still want to use old IDE and the
> > author was willing to make it neatly compatible so that anything that
> > works with the pata_platform should be able to use the ide_platform
> > driver and vice versa. For the shorter term that can only be a good thing
> > - arch code doesn't need to care about which driver is used, end users
> > can pick and it doesn't end up adding new ties between code and old IDE.
> Ok, thanks for the explanation Alan. So, there's no technical argument,
> just "being nice to the users", and add a new driver, which we know we'll

There are some rough edges (especially older and/or rare hardware,
this goes for both cotrollers and devices) that SCSI/libata don't
handle and IDE subsystem do.

> have to remove soon, thus having to persuade its users, who by that time

Well, we've been hearing "soon" for two years now...

> will get used to it and will not want to invest money into switching to
> another one...

PS wrt ide_arm.c changes, you really should have cc:ed the author... ;)

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