Re: [RFC] remove arch/sh?
From: Rich Felker
Date: Wed Jun 26 2019 - 11:38:47 EST
On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 08:25:20PM +0900, Yoshinori Sato wrote:
> On Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:48:09 +0900,
> Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 4:28 PM Rich Felker <dalias@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 02:50:01PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > > > don't build, or are incomplete and not worked on for a long
> > > > time, compared to the bits that are known to work and that someone
> > > > is still using or at least playing with.
> > > > I guess a lot of the SoCs that have no board support other than
> > > > the Hitachi/Renesas reference platform can go away too, as any products
> > > > based on those boards have long stopped updating their kernels.
> > >
> > > My intent here was always, after getting device tree theoretically
> > > working for some reasonable subset of socs/boards, drop the rest and
> > > add them back as dts files (possibly plus some small drivers) only if
> > > there's demand/complaint about regression.
> > Do you still think that this is a likely scenario for the future though?
> > If nobody's actively working on the DT support for the old chips and
> > this is unlikely to change soon, removing the known-broken bits earlier
> > should at least make it easier to keep maintaining the working bits
> > afterwards.
> > FWIW, I went through the SH2, SH2A and SH3 based boards that
> > are supported in the kernel and found almost all of them to
> > be just reference platforms, with no actual product ever merged.
> > IIRC the idea back then was that users would supply their
> > own board files as an add-on patch, but I would consider all the
> > ones that did to be obsolete now.
> > HP Jornada 6xx is the main machine that was once supported, but
> > given that according to the defconfig file it only comes with 4MB
> > of RAM, it is unlikely to still boot any 5.x kernel, let alone user
> > space (wikipedia claims there were models with 16MB of RAM,
> > but that is still not a lot these days).
> > "Magicpanel" was another product that is supported in theory, but
> > the google search showed the 2007 patch for the required
> > flash storage driver that was never merged.
> > Maybe everything but J2 and SH4(a) can just get retired?
> > Arnd
> I also have some boards, so it's possible to rewrite more.
> I can not rewrite the target I do not have, so I think that
> there is nothing but to retire.
To clarify, are you agreeing with Arnd's suggestion to retire/remove
everything but jcore and sh4[a]?