[Ksummit-discuss] Topic: Removal of code that is still in use by users but there is a better code.

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Thu Jun 12 00:07:19 UTC 2014


On 06/11/2014 10:54 AM, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> That is a bit different to "users are using but less and less". Personally 
> I would not mind leaving code in the kernel as long as it is used, but
> it would be great if we had some rule that a file/driver which did
> not compile for X releases (pick a preferred number for X - two years 
> worth of releases ?) can be removed.

This is the problem, though: the code can easily compile well past the
point of anyone using it, because well-meaning maintainers is keeping it
from falling apart completely, often at substantial cost.

	-hpa




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