Re: [RFC: 2.6 patch] remove drivers/net/eepro100.c

From: Russell King
Date: Wed Nov 23 2005 - 17:24:25 EST

On Wed, Nov 23, 2005 at 10:15:48PM +0000, Russell King wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 18, 2005 at 11:12:28AM -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> > Russell King wrote:
> > >On Fri, Nov 18, 2005 at 04:33:02AM +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > >
> > >>This patch removes the obsolete drivers/net/eepro100.c driver.
> > >>
> > >>Is there any reason why it should be kept?
> > >
> > >
> > >Tt's the only driver which works correctly on ARM CPUs. e100 is
> > >basically buggy. This has been discussed here on lkml and more
> > >recently on linux-netdev. If anyone has any further questions
> > >please read the archives of those two lists.
> >
> > After reading the archives, one discovers the current status is:
> >
> > waiting on ARM folks to test e100
> >
> > Latest reference is public message-id <4371A373.6000308@xxxxxxxxx>,
> > which was CC'd to you.
> >
> > There is a patch in netdev-2.6.git#e100-sbit and in Andrew's -mm tree
> > that should solve the ARM problems, and finally allow us to kill
> > eepro100. But it's waiting for feedback...
> Well, I've run 2.6.15-rc2 on what I think was the ARM platform which
> exhibited the problem, but it doesn't show up. However, that's
> meaningless as it has been literally _years_ (4 or more) since the
> problem was reported. It's rather unsurprising that I can't reproduce
> it - I don't even know if I'm using the right processor module!

Additionally, looking back at my 30th June 2004 message, I don't
think I've even managed sufficient testing to make any claim of
working-ness or non-working-ness against either driver.

The test was merely a "did it successfully BOOTP" because I can't
get it to mount and run /sbin/init from the jffs2 rootfs which
2.5.70 was perfectly happy to earlier today. However, the
failure point seemed to be when NFS tried to use the card.

Whether that means I was or was not using BOOTP back in 2004...
your guess is as good as mine.

Anyway, that's the end of the issue as far as I'm concerned.

Russell King
Linux kernel 2.6 ARM Linux -
maintainer of: 2.6 Serial core
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