Re: staging driver (epl)

From: Greg KH
Date: Mon Jan 19 2009 - 19:20:21 EST

On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 12:03:15AM +0300, Alexey Dobriyan wrote:
> Greg, can I ssh to your box to do
> git rm -rf drivers/staging/epl
> sed -i -e '/epl/d' drivers/staging/Kconfig
> sed -i -e '/CONFIG_EPL/d' drivers/staging/Makefile
> git commit -a -m 'staging: remove epl driver'
> ?

That might be tough for you to do, as it's in every 2.6.29-rc1 release
out there. That's a lot of ssh and sed commands needed for you to do :)

> This driver doesn't meet even _the_ basic requirements.

It meets the drivers/staging/ requirements of:
- it builds
- it is self-contained
- someone is using it

Well, some of the stuff in drivers/staging/ don't even meet the first
requirement, making this one of the better drivers :)

> It's _full_ of hungarian notation (iRet).
> It's full of typedefs.
> It's full of HAL (tEplApiInstance etc).
> Filenames (!) are in CamelCase.
> It creates sockets from kernel for something.
> It tries to interact with devfs.
> It may come as surprise but you also committed real Win32 code:
> drivers/staging/epl/EplTimeruWin32.c
> drivers/staging/epl/ShbIpc-Win32.c
> Amazing, isn't it?

No, not at all, I commited the tarball I was given, after shoehorning it
into the kernel build system.

> Do you accept _any_ code?


> Exactly zero entry barrier?

Pretty much. Know of any other drivers that should go into here that
are floating around in the wild?

Is this a problem?

Is the drivers/staging/ area just not properly documented for people to
understand what is going on there and how it differs from the rest of
the kernel? Should I write up something a bit more "formal"?


greg k-h
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