Re: [RFC PATCH 0/5] Retire IA64/Itanium support

From: John Paul Adrian Glaubitz
Date: Wed Feb 15 2023 - 18:09:23 EST

Hi Linus!

On Wed, 2023-02-15 at 11:30 -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 15, 2023 at 2:17 AM John Paul Adrian Glaubitz
> <glaubitz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > It's not that I don't care. I just haven't been able to bisect the bug .yet
> I'm not a fan of ia64 as an architecture, but it's a bit sad to remove
> it entirely. It's not like it's been a huge maintenance burden in
> general.

I agree. It would be sad to see it go.

> That said, if it doesn't work, and nobody has the time and/or
> inclination to figure out why, I don't really see any alternative.

That's not really what I meant though. I definitely have the time to look
after the architecture as I am also maintaining it in Debian.

What I meant here is that I simply hadn't had the time yet to fully debug
this particular regression that was introduced with 6.1. I did actually
start a bisect and got close to the problematic commit as I got distracted
with my day job.

My plan was definitely to continue debugging the problem in the coming weekend
and at least find the commit that introduced the regression. I always have an
Itanium server ready for testing kernels that I can power on and control remotely
via its built-in management system.


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