RE: too much untested code in new kernels

Ray Van Tassle-CRV004 (
Fri, 3 Jan 1997 10:16:47 -0600

JESUS H. CHRIST! Why don't you learn to read before blasting off your

I specifically said "one compile with everything on" and you _persisted_ in
reading this as "trying every possible configuration the kernel can be done
with, on every supported platform".

Oh, wait a minute....... I see your address..... <sarcasm mode ON>
I bet you're a student. I know what that means: "We shall release no code
before it has been typed in." and "If it has an inclination to compile,
ship it".
<sarcasm mode OFF>

(( I think I'll go have me a little lie down, and cool off ))


To: Van Tassle-CRV004 Ray
From: on Fri, Jan 3, 1997 3:17 AM
Subject: Re: too much untested code in new kernels

Date: Thu, 2 Jan 1997 15:22:41 -0600
From: "Ray Van Tassle-CRV004" <>

Hence my request for Linus (or _somebody) to make a test compile
with every possible option turned on, to make sure the d*mn thing
will COMPILE at least!

Whenever anybody mentions this, they get shouted down, claiming
(validly) that it is impossible for anybody to test all possible
combinations of options. But for CRYING OUT LOUD how about just
making sure it compiles!!!!!!!! And verifying that the resultant
image boots up.

Thats the most rediculious thing I ever heard someone request.

"Hey, you're writing your thesis, you have a newborn in your life,
and you still try to keep the kernel development moving, can you
please spend another half a day for every release trying every
possible configuration the kernel can be done with, on every
supported platform, and don't release a patch until you do this."

No, bullshit, that is the whole purpose of having the entire internet
trying out new development releases as they come out, so that the work
can be distributed, and Linus doesn't have a fire-hose taped to his

It compiles on Linus's machine just fine, Linus does not use modules
at all, so sue him for christs sake.

If you want stuff that compiles and/or works out of the box, stick
with 2.0.X, end of story.

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