Re: [RFC net-next 0/2] Create ancient subdirectories for old hardware
From: David Miller
Date: Fri Mar 18 2016 - 23:16:39 EST
From: Joe Perches <joe@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 19:28:02 -0700
> On Fri, 2016-03-18 at 22:11 -0400, David Miller wrote:
>> From: Joe Perches <joe@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 17:33:29 -0700
>> > Maybe something like this:
>> > Old, rare, and unsupported hardware should be exposed as ancient.
>> > The drivers for these ancient hardwares are generally untested with
>> > current kernels.
>> Moving drivers has a long term maintainence cost.
>> If they've moved into drivers/net proper, we have to maintain
>> them there forever.
> I don't doubt that.
> All files are still in drivers/net, just possibly in
> separate subdirectories for easier visibility to
> determine if changes like what were proposed for cxgb
> should actually be done or not.
You don't understand my concern, backporting patches to -stable
releases is more painful if you move the driver anywhere other
than where it has been for years.
I'm not entertaining this idea, sorry Joe.