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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] KERNEL: Support asynchronously-discovered boot devices, v4 (resend)
On Fri, May 01, 2009 at 01:22:58PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Fri, 1 May 2009 09:58:03 -0700
> David VomLehn <dvomlehn@cisco.com> wrote:
> > Yes, we do need a good name, so we are now guaranteed to be entering
> > the Bike Shed Zone.
>
> Getting the name right is important! We live with the decision daily,
> for years.

Please don't misunderstand; I was agreeing that we need a *good* name! And
making the (intended to be humorous) comment about bike shedding.

> > I've avoided making any guarantees about this, but /sbin/init is implicitly
> > the red line. If we make this explicit, we're probably back in the vicinity
> > of the bike shed, but this should help frame any subsequent discussion
> > in a concrete manner.
>
> Well, decisions which are made here can make the difference between
> "computer boots" and "computer doesn't boot". That ain't bikeshed
> painting.

Again, I agree on the importance of this. At the same time, we risk
kickstarting an abstract and long-winded philosophical discourse on what
the "right" choice is. It does seem as though these usually do yield,
as a minimum, a better understanding of what we're doing, and I am all
in favor of that.

David VomLehn


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