[RFC] Dropping Alpha sparse mapping support from X

Lennart Sorensen lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Thu Sep 3 14:25:29 PDT 2009

On Thu, Sep 03, 2009 at 05:08:00PM -0400, Matt Turner wrote:
> I'd like to drop support for non-BWX Alphas (EV4 and original EV5)
> from X. These machines can't load/store to single bytes and require
> special sparse memory mappings.
> The code required to select which functions (sparse, dense) is
> convoluted, adds an extra layer of indirection, probably gets close to
> zero usage, and even less testing.
> Does anyone use X on EV4 or EV5 (not EV56, EV56 has BWX)?

Well I have a few EV56's, so those are fine.  I think one machine I have
is an EV5 or maybe even an EV4, but it only has 32MB of ram so it is
totally useless as debian can't run on it.

So I personally wouldn't notice the change.  Anyone else out there?

Len Sorensen

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