Re: ALSA patch for 2.5.2pre9 kernel

From: Christoph Hellwig (
Date: Mon Jan 07 2002 - 12:06:56 EST

On Mon, Jan 07, 2002 at 09:02:39AM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > linux/sound is silly. It's drivers so put it under linux/drivers/sound.
> That was my initial reaction too, but Jaroslav clearly wants a
> higher-level generic hierarchy. Which means that we're not talking about
> _drivers_ any more, we're talking about something that is much more
> closely related to a "networking" kind of thing.

If you look at the code it clearly is driver code.

> So we could have a net-based setup, where there would be a totally
> separate "linux/sound" and "linux/drivers/sound". Which doesn't seem to
> make much sense either.

If really wants that I'd go for this.

> Or we could just have a really _deep_ hierarchy, and put everything under
> "linux/drivers/sound/..",

Yes. From a maintaince view that is no different from the same
hierarchy under linux/sound, but introducing drivers (_lots_ of drivers)
outside linux/drivers is very stupid.


Of course it doesn't work. We've performed a software upgrade.
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