Re: arch/xen is a bad idea

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Thu Dec 16 2004 - 13:30:11 EST

Andi Kleen <ak@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> And as Pavel points out first merging arch/xen and then migrating
> into i386 and x86_64 like it was proposed sounds extremly hard and is
> probably not really practical.

It will also create more patchwork and will make the the change history
more obscure and harder to follow.

It is a bit pervers to be putting something into the tree with the
intention of ripping it up and redoing it in the near future. Why not do
it up-front and keep the change history cleaner? From Ian's change list
and Andi's comments it doesn't look to me that this is all as much work as
people seem to be implying?

I guess if we were to go the way which Ian is proposing it would be

a) Add arch/xen

b) Spend N weeks integrating xen into arch/i386, while also separately
maintaining arch/xen.

c) Remove arch/xen

So... why not skip a), c) and half of b)?
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at