Re: [GIT PULL/RESEND] kernel message catalog patches

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Thu Oct 23 2008 - 17:39:36 EST

On Thu, 23 Oct 2008, Heiko Carstens wrote:
> The whole point of the patch set is to add documentation for kernel
> messages that are emitted via printk. The documentation is supposed to
> help a sys admin to help understand what went wrong.

I'm still not convinced.

> Please note that this was initially an s390 only patch set but we moved
> the infrastructure to generic code since it looks like others want a
> facility like this too. iirc Andrew requested the move.

I do agree that it makes no sense as a s390 feature, but quite frankly,
I don't think it makes sense AT ALL. It introduces the notion of fixed
messages and people now suddenly need to worry about the hashes of the
contents etc. Exactly the kind of thing that I don't personally EVER want
to see, and certainly not inside the kernel.

If somebody really wants this, I seriously believe it would be better done
as a separate out-of-kernel package. Because I don't think it's worth
maintaining those hashed translations in-kernel, and I'm nto going to ask
people to even bother.

But if it's in-kernel, other people are then going to complain about them
not being maintained. And quite frankly, I'm neither willing nor
interested in hearing those complaints or making them more "valid".

So please keep the kernel message catalog external. Or try to convince me.
But don't send me a "please pull" without any explanation or any relevant
convincing argument.


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