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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] sysfs: Optionally count subdirectories to support buggy applications
    On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 2:18 PM, Eric W. Biederman <ebiederm@xmission.com> wrote:
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    > Keeping compatibility is easy enough that it looks like it is worth
    > doing, but maintaining 30+ years of backwards compatibility

    Stop right there.

    This is *not* about some arbitrary "30-year backwards compatibility".

    This is about your patch BREAKING EXISTING BINARIES.

    So stop the f*&^ing around already. The patch was shown to be broken,
    stop making excuses, and stop blathering.

    End of story. Binary compatibility is more important than *any* of
    your patches. If you continue to argue anything else or making
    excuses, I'm going to ask people to just ignore your patches entirely.

    Seriously. Binary compatibility is *so* important that I do not want
    to have anything to do with kernel developers who don't understand
    that importance. If you continue to pooh-pooh the issue, you only show
    yourself to be unreliable. Don't do it.

    Dammit, I'm continually surprised by the *idiots* out there that don't
    understand that binary compatibility is one of the absolute top
    priorities. The *only* reason for an OS kernel existing in the first
    place is to serve user-space. The kernel has no relevance on its own.
    Breaking existing binaries - and then not acknowledging how horribly
    bad that was - is just about the *worst* offense any kernel developer
    can do.

    Because that shows that they don't understand what the whole *point*
    of the kernel was after all. We're not masturbating around with some
    research project. We never were. Even when Linux was young, the whole
    and only point was to make a *usable* system. It's why it's not some
    crazy drug-induced microkernel or other random crazy thing.

    Really.

    Linus


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