Re: [PATCH] Promise 'stex' driver

From: Jens Axboe
Date: Thu Jul 20 2006 - 23:17:13 EST

On Thu, Jul 20 2006, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Jens Axboe wrote:
> >If I thought that it would ever be updated to use block tagging, I would
> >not care at all. The motivation to add it from the Promise end would be
> >zero, as it doesn't really bring any immediate improvements for them. So
> >it would have to be done by someone else, which means me or you. I don't
> >have the hardware to actually test it, so unless you do and would want
> >to do it, chances are looking slim :-)
> >
> >It's a bit of a chicken and egg problem, unfortunately. The block layer
> >tagging _should_ be _the_ way to do it, and as such could be labelled a
> >requirement. I know that's a bit harsh for the Promise folks, but
> >unfortunately someone has to pay the price...
> I think it's highly rude to presume that someone who has so-far been
> responsive, and responsible, will suddenly not be so. That is not the
> way to encourage vendors to join the Linux process.
> They set up an alias for Linux maintainer stuff and have been acting
> like a maintainer that will stick around. Why punish them for good
> behavior?

I'm not trying to be rude to annyone, sorry if that is the impression
you got. I'm just looking at things realistically - the fact is that
moving to block layer tagging is not something that will benefit
Promise, so it'd be fairly low on their agenda of things to do. I don't
mean that in any rude sense, I can completely understand that position.
Why would you want to change something that works? Hence it's
reasonable to assume that eg you or I would eventually have to convert

No punishment intended.

Jens Axboe

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at