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SubjectRe: New ark3116 driver - how to get included into kernel?
Hi Greg,

Thanks for your reply.

2009/9/18 Greg KH <>:
> On Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 02:52:29PM +0200, Bart Hartgers wrote:
>> (Sorry for sending an HTML-ized version of this mail before)
>> Hi All,
>> I managed to write an improved ark3116 driver after I figured out that
>> it is just an 16450 UART with some USB glue logic.
>> The attached files can be compiled outside the kernel tree, and work
>> for 2.6.31. However, I would like this driver to (eventually) end up
>> in the kernel tree. In order to get there, who should I sent patches
>> against what? I've contributed code to the kernel before, but not in
>> the last 5 or so years, so I am a bit out of touch.
> Take a look at the file, Documentation/SubmittingPatches, it should
> describe what you need to do.
Thanks. But the question I had was more that I didn't know where to
put a new driver. In drivers/usb/serial, or perhaps in
drivers/staging. Anyway, if we are going to replace the existing
driver, it is obvious what the patch should be against.

>> Compared to the old ark3116 driver this one offers the following improvements:
>>  - cts/rts handshake support
>>  - break signalling
>>  - line error detection
> Why can't you just send patches adding support for these features to the
> existing driver?  It shouldn't be that much different between the two
> versions, right?

The difference is actually quite significant. The old driver is pretty
much a dumb parameterized replay of the windows usb-snoops. The new
driver actually "understands" the hardware. That's why I made a
completely new driver in the first place. A diff between the two is
ore or less the same as a complete replacing. I could try to minimize
the differences, but I would be surprised if more than 30% of the
lines will be shared, and most of those will be red tape, not actual
code. The patch will be hard to read anyhow.

> That's the preferred method, I'd like to not drop the existing one if at
> all possible.

Do you think it is worth the effort to minimize the diff, or should I
just replace ark3116.c by ark3116new.c?


> thanks,
> greg k-h

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