Re: too much untested code in new kernels

Alan Cox (
Thu, 2 Jan 1997 19:24:53 +0000 (GMT)

> The watchdog driver has not been tested in this manner. In fact,
> drivers/char/pcwd.c has not even compiled since 2.1.15! This is not a
> subtle CARD_REV configuration-dependent bug, and it's not a case of some
> other kernel interface changing and this driver needing to catch up. It
> is an outright mismatched open brace in the middle of pcwatchdog_init!

I've got the current pcwatchdog driver and its waiting to be fixed. The
version you have did compile at one point but looks like it got crunched
during a patching session after testing.

> So the results is that I'm not going to run 2.1.18 or any later kernel
> on my machine for several weeks.

You shouldn't be running 2.1.x on machines where you worry about
them being reliable.

> Please, code authors, test your patches before you send them to Linus.

People do.