Re: 2.6.15-rc2 pci_ids.h cleanup is a pain

From: Dave Jones
Date: Tue Nov 22 2005 - 23:19:06 EST

On Wed, Nov 23, 2005 at 12:51:45PM +1100, Grant Coady wrote:
> Hi Andrew, Greg,
> On Tue, 22 Nov 2005 16:25:58 -0800, Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >Greg KH <greg@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >>
> >> On Mon, Nov 21, 2005 at 02:27:23PM -0800, David Fox wrote:
> >> > I'm sure I'm not the only person that applies patches to the kernel that
> >> > use some of the 500 plus PCI IDS eliminated from pci_ids.h by rc2. I
> >> > would like to see the PCI ids that were removed simply because the don't
> >> > occur in the main kernel source restored. Is there a rationale for
> >> > removing them that I'm not aware of?
> >>
> >> They were not being used. Why would you want them in there?
> >
> >Because they contained useful information which had been accumulated by
> >many people over a long period of time.
> >
> >Throwing that information away seemed rather pointless, especially as the
> >cost of retaining it was so low.
> There's an out-of-tree reference, the pci.ids website, that carries
> this information, do we need the reference info in the kernel as well?
> So far two people raised an objection, the other wants to maintain
> an out-of-tree driver, D. Fox didn't say why he needs the symbols.

Three. I already mentioned we broke the compilation of the
advansys driver because of this.


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