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SubjectRe: RFC: remove the "tile" architecture from glibc
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On 03/08/2018 04:55 PM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> I originally helped get tile, blackfin, metag, unicore32 and score into
> the kernel, and it's always sad to see them go away after all the work
> that was put into making them work. Out of the above, tile was
> probably the best supported, and the most ambitious architecture
> design, but in the end it seems it is just as dead as the others, so
> I'll now add a patch to remove it along with the others in linux-4.17.

Out of curiosity: Is there any reason why the removal of tilegx is now
being rushed? Did any of the policies regarding architectures in the
kernel change? I had the impression that architectures could previously
stay unmaintained for a while before being removed.

> - sh3/sh4 looked like they would get revived a few years ago
> for the j-core project. The 2015 roadmap on
> http://j-core.org/roadmap.html had ambitious plans for
> an sh3 compatible core in 2017 and an sh4 compatible one
> in 2018. However, not much has happened at all since 2016,
> and now the website is down as well. You might want to
> contact the j-core developers for clarification.
> I suspect this has also become a victim of the RISC-V
> success.

Well, that's quite a bummer. I don't know what Rich Felker's and
Rob Landley's plans now are. Rich told that he would be doing paid
SH work again in the upcoming weeks. I even sent him and Rob SH4
hardware to support their efforts.

I have personally invested a lot of work into the SH port over the
past three years in Debian and I was involved fixing many bugs
and as a result, the port is quite usable. It would be really
disappointing to see it being removed all of a sudden :(.

I will get in touch with Rich and Rob to figure out what's going
on.

Adrian

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