Re: [PATCH 00/21] ARCNET: Defibrillation
From: David Miller
Date: Fri Apr 24 2015 - 23:59:14 EST
From: Marc Kleine-Budde <mkl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:14:41 +0200
> On 04/24/2015 08:47 PM, Joe Perches wrote:
>> On Fri, 2015-04-24 at 19:20 +0200, Michael Grzeschik wrote:
>>> This patch series tries to reanimate the ARCNET hardware layer to be
>>> somehow readable and maintainable again. It includes a lot of cleanup
>>> patches. It also adds some fixes which leads the layer to become usable
>>> again. And as a special treatment it adds more features like correct
>>> loading and unloading of the com20020 card.
>> Wow. Good for you, but why? Does anyone still use these?
> Yes, there are parts of the industry where "old" machines are
> retrofitted with new hardware...and a lot of these machines still talk
> ARCNET :)
But the real issue is, this layer is development wise in the same
category as the IDE layer.
Any non-trivial change is nothing but pure risk, especially given the
low level of test coverage the code gets.
So I really only want to see the most critical obvious bug fixes
submitted for this layer and drivers.
And no I will not accept an argument stating that you have to
restructure and clean this code up in order to fix the bugs. That's
I'm rejecting this patch series, sorry.
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