[RFC] Dropping Alpha sparse mapping support from X

Bob Tracy rct at gherkin.frus.com
Thu Sep 3 19:50:03 PDT 2009

On Thu, Sep 03, 2009 at 05:25:29PM -0400, Lennart Sorensen wrote:
> 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?

Got a PWS 433au: EV56.  Proposed change would have no impact here.

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