Re: [RFC]: CONFIG_UNSUPPORTED (was: Re: [PATCH] delete devfs)

From: R. J. Wysocki
Date: Fri Jul 23 2004 - 16:13:47 EST

On Friday 23 of July 2004 22:04, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 23, 2004 at 09:06:40PM +0200, R. J. Wysocki wrote:
> >...
> > 2. Proposal
> >
> > I propose to introduce a new configuration option CONFIG_UNSUPPORTED,
> > such that if it is not set, the unmaintained/unsupported code will not be
> > compiled into the kernel. Moreover,
> > * IMO the option should not be set by default, which would require a user
> > action to include the unsupported code into the kernel,
> > * IMO the option should be documented as to indicate that the code marked
> > with the help of it is not supported by kernel developers and may be
> > removed from the kernel at any time without notification.
> >...
> Quoting 2.6 MAINTAINERS:
> <-- snip -->
> L:
> S: Unmaintained

Sure, but does it mean "It's buggy and may be killed at any time. And BTW
don't compile it in if you don't know what you're doing, because it may kill
your dog and noone will help you - you have been warned"?

The idea is essentially not about saying that something is unmaintained, but
about marking chunks of code slated for removal in a manner that's clearly
visible to users.


Rafael J. Wysocki
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