[Ksummit-2010-discuss] [v2] Remaining BKL users, what to do

Dave Airlie airlied at gmail.com
Mon Oct 18 16:00:09 PDT 2010

On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 4:43 AM, Greg KH <greg at kroah.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 05:42:06PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>> Out of the remaining modules, I guess i810/i830, adfs, hpfs and ufs might end
>> up not getting fixed at all, we can either mark them non-SMP or move them
>> to drivers/staging once all the others are done.
> I recommend moving them to staging, and then retire them from there if
> no one steps up to maintain them.

I think this sets a bad precedent, these drivers work fine. Removing
BKL from them is hard, and involves finding and booting hw that
developers don't have much time/interest in at the moment. Anyone who
has access to the i810 hw and has time to work out the locking has
more important things to be doing with modern hw, however it doesn't
mean we should just drop support for old drivers because they don't
have active maintainers. Removing the BKL from the kernel is a great
goal, but breaking userspace ABI by removing drivers isn't.


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