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    SubjectRe: RFC: deprecate CONFIG_X86_CPU_DEBUG and schedule it for rapid removal

    * Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:

    > On Fri, 22 Jan 2010, Andrew Morton wrote:
    > >
    > > We know that enabling this feature will cause some machines to hang,
    > > and that this problem has existed for six months.
    > >
    > > Would it not be better to fix that problem (perhaps just with the
    > > revert) so that 2.6.33, 2.6.32.x and earlier can be fixed? Then we can
    > > nuke the feature in 2.6.34.
    >
    > Another way of looking at is "we know it's been broken for six months, and
    > clearly nobody really ever enabled it in any distro, and even getting a bug
    > report on it took forever. So why keep it around at all"?
    >
    > So I'd personally rather just remove it outright than deprecate it or even
    > try to fix it. Since clearly absolutely nobody depends on it.
    >
    > The usual reason for deprecating a feature is to give people time to move
    > away from it, but since clearly nobody uses it...

    Excellent - that makes it all even simpler to handle.

    Ingo


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