Re: Linux

From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Sun Sep 24 2006 - 21:08:19 EST

On Sun, Sep 24, 2006 at 10:02:04PM +0200, Willy Tarreau wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 24, 2006 at 08:16:41PM +0200, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > > Anyway, the case above was even not that. It was simply that if the shiny
> > > new sata_piix driver detected the sata controller, it would then steal the
> > > resources first, preventing ata_piix from registering.
> >
> > I know that ATA is an area that requires extra care (and I don't plan
> > any big updates in this area).
> >
> > But having:
> > - two saa7134 cards in your computer and
> > - one of them formerly not supported and
> > - depending on one of them being the first one
> > is a case you can theoretically construct, but then there's the point
> > that this is highly unlikely, and OTOH the value of the added support is
> > more realistic.
> I don't personaly have problems with those cards (I don't use them at all),
> I was just arguing general principles in response to Greg's comments. I
> think you're already taking extreme care in what you accept, but I think
> that what you're currently doing is middle way between Greg's stable policy
> and what yourself would really like to do. I hope that in the end, you will
> not get frustrated by refraining from merging patches you would have liked
> to get, while being criticized for having merged too many.
> Probably that later you will have to either maintain several other versions
> (let's say 2.6.16+2.6.18) or have sort of an "enhanced" branch with more
> fixes (which is easy to do with GIT).

Instead of 2.6.16+2.6.18, it would be easier to simply use 2.6.18.

And this is what I have in mind as a possible solution:

Start a similar stable series based on e.g. 2.6.22 or 2.6.24, and
announce an EOL date for 2.6.16 half a year or one year after this
branch starts.

Well, that's all very far in the future (even 2.6.22 + half a year will
most likely be in 2008), but it's better than backporting huge updates.

> > If I was as extremely regarding regressions as you describe regarding
> > hardware updates, I would also have to reject any bugfixes that are not
> > security fixes since they might cause regressions.
> Hmm, don't say this publicly, you'll get people saying that it is what
> they expect !

I say what I want to do, and I did say the same before I started
maintaining the 2.6.16 branch.

> > I do know that the only value of the 2.6.16 tree lies in a lack of
> > regressions and act accordingly, but I'm trying to do this in a
> > pragmatic way.
> That's what I observed till now. I just wanted to warn you about the risks
> of getting hit.

Is someone wants to prove me wrong, he should send me the reports of
regressions my changes have caused...

> Cheers,
> Willy



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of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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