Re: 2.6.16-rc3-mm1: ISDN_DRV_GIGASET driver

From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Wed Feb 15 2006 - 17:08:50 EST

On Wed, Feb 15, 2006 at 02:57:01AM +0100, Tilman Schmidt wrote:

> Adrian,

Hi Tilman,

> thank you very much for taking the time to comment.
> On 14.02.2006 15:00, you wrote:
> > - Do we really want to add new non-CAPI drivers to the kernel?
> I have been in contact with the isdn4linux maintainer Karsten Keil on
> that topic for quite some time and he didn't voice any objections to
> submitting the driver in its current state.
> Personally I am a great fan of CAPI, and of course we'll be happy to
> port the driver to CAPI as soon as the capi4linux / mISDN framework is
> ready for such an endeavour. This may however take some time yet, if I
> understand Karsten correctly. In particular, we are talking here about
> the mISDN L3 interface which seems to be the most appropriate for this
> purpose, but has not been documented so far.
> In the meantime, I take it from the discussions on lkml that it is
> strongly discouraged to maintain working drivers outside the kernel
> tree, which is what prompted us to submit ours in the first place.
> Therefore I think it's in the best interest of everybody to merge its
> current isnd4linux gestalt now, and convert it to CAPI at the earliest
> convenience.


> > - A new driver that can only be built modular is not acceptable.
> No problem. In fact, the submitted drivers work fine if linked directly
> into the kernel, too. The dependency on modular build in gigaset/Kconfig
> only exists for the benefit of the ser_gigaset driver which we didn't
> submit anyway. (See part 0 for the reasons.) We left it in because tests
> have been done almost exclusively with modular builds; but if that turns
> out to be a problem we'll just remove it.

All drivers in the kernel should work built statically into the kernel,
and I don't see an obvious reason why your driver should work worse when
being compiled statically into the kernel.

> Regards
> Tilman



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