Re: [PATCH 4/4]: powerpc/cell spidernet ethtool -i version number info.

From: Olof Johansson
Date: Tue Aug 15 2006 - 15:07:49 EST

On Fri, Aug 11, 2006 at 01:50:19PM -0500, James K Lewis wrote:
> Hi Olof,
> There are several reasons why an Ethernet driver should have an up to
> date version number:
> 1. Customers like to see they are really getting a new version.
> 2. It makes it easier for support personnel (me in this case) to see which
> driver they have. Sure, sometimes I can talk them thru doing a "sum" on
> the .ko and all that, but why not just use the version number? That's what
> it is for. And no, you can't just assume they have the version that came
> with the kernel they are running. It doesn't work that way.
> 3. It makes bug reporting easier.
> 4. I have already run into too many problems and wasted too much time
> working with drivers when the number was NOT getting updated.

Thanks for the info, Jim.

Sounds like it's most useful if a customer (or distro) takes the driver
out of the tree and run it with a different kernel, i.e. when kernel
and driver versions no longer go together. Makes sense.


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