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SubjectRe: Kill I4L?
Am 08.02.2015 um 20:47 schrieb Tilman Schmidt:
> Am 07.02.2015 um 21:43 schrieb Paul Bolle:
>> On Sat, 2015-02-07 at 11:19 -0800, Joe Perches wrote:
>>> Does anyone still use these cards?
>
>> 0) Good question.
>
> I very much doubt it. It was an ISA card, not even PnP. I'd imagine
> any systems of that kind would be retired by now.
>

Agreed in general, but I know people still running such ISA based
machines - mostly PC in industrial environments with ISDN uplinks for
service and maintenance.
And I4L is also used in some vending machines for card authorization so
far I know.
They usually using old kernels (<3.0) so they are not directly affected
if this will be removed.

>> 2) Broader picture: if I remember correctly there are now four
>> different flavors of ISDN in the kernel: - really old: pre-i4l
>
> I don't think any traces of that are still present in current kernel
> releases. It should all have been left behind on the switch to 2.6.
>

Yes.

>> - very old: i4l - just old: CAPI - not so old: mISDN
>
> Those are the in-tree ones. To make matters worse, the Asterisk people
> invented three more (Zaptel, DAHDI and vISDN) which are maintained
> out-of-tree. Apparently they weren't satisfied with any the in-tree
> ones and didn't feel like helping to improve one of them to match
> their needs.
>
>> [snip] So the current ISDN situation is a bit messy.
>
> That's putting it mildly.
>
>> Tilman might be able to provide a clearer, and maybe less grumpy,
>> summary of the current situation.
>
> Don't know about either. ;-)
>
>> [M]aybe we should consider, say, removing i4l and pre i4l and see
>> who complains. That might be a rude thing to do. So perhaps the
>> various ISDN flavors should be left alone until ... what exactly?
>
> I'd support that step. I don't think it'll hurt anyone because the
> cards supported by i4l are mostly ISA cards anyway. The only exceptions
> are the HiSax family which is now supported by mISDN, and the Hypercope
> family which is supported by CAPI.
>
> In the past we had Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt for
> announcing removals like that but Linus shot that down on 2012-10-01
> (commit 9c0ece069b32e8e122aea71aa47181c10eb85ba7) so I guess
> somebody could just submit a patch series starting with
>
> --- a/drivers/isdn/Kconfig
> +++ b/drivers/isdn/Kconfig
> @@ -20,25 +20,6 @@ menuconfig ISDN
>
> if ISDN
>
> -menuconfig ISDN_I4L
> - tristate "Old ISDN4Linux (deprecated)"
> - depends on TTY
> - ---help---
> - This driver allows you to use an ISDN adapter for networking
> - connections and as dialin/out device. The isdn-tty's have a
> built
> - in AT-compatible modem emulator. Network devices support
> autodial,
> - channel-bundling, callback and caller-authentication without
> having
> - a daemon running. A reduced T.70 protocol is supported with
> tty's
> - suitable for German BTX. On D-Channel, the protocols EDSS1
> - (Euro-ISDN) and 1TR6 (German style) are supported. See
> - <file:Documentation/isdn/README> for more information.
> -
> - ISDN support in the linux kernel is moving towards a new API,
> - called CAPI (Common ISDN Application Programming Interface).
> - Therefore the old ISDN4Linux layer will eventually become
> obsolete.
> - It is still available, though, for use with adapters that
> are not
> - supported by the new CAPI subsystem yet.
> -
> source "drivers/isdn/i4l/Kconfig"
>
> menuconfig ISDN_CAPI
>
> and working its way from that to remove anything that's become
> unreachable.
>
> Shall I?
>

But I4L is still the default in some Distros, so we should allow a
warning period. But again, I'm fine with this to do it.

Karsten


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