Re: [PATCH] Add new TAINT_KSPLICE flag for when a Ksplice updatehas been loaded.

From: Jon Masters
Date: Mon Jun 22 2009 - 03:52:33 EST

On Fri, 2009-06-19 at 22:11 +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, 2009-06-19 at 15:57 -0400, Tim Abbott wrote:
> > Distributions and have requested that the Ksplice
> > rebootless update system taint the kernel the first time that a
> > Ksplice update is installed, in order to assist with bug triage.
> >
> > Ksplice uses a new taint flag, TAINT_KSPLICE, displayed as 'K', for
> > this purpose.
> >
> > We would like to confirm that this use of taint meets with the
> > community's approval and get this taint flag registered in mainline.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Tim Abbott <tabbott@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Since all of ksplice is still out-of-tree, it seems to me this taint
> should be too.

Respectfully, I disagree.

The thing is, distribution maintainers and others would really benefit
from knowing if this stuff is loaded today, before the possible eventual
addition of ksplice upstream. We already have tainting for non-GPL code
and I don't see us arguing about the fact that the kernel has no non-GPL
code actually shipping in it to cause such taints to get set :)


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