[alsa-devel] [PATCH] keywest: Convert to new-style i2c driver

Paul Mackerras paulus at samba.org
Wed Apr 22 11:34:40 CEST 2009

Jean Delvare writes:

> Not removing it now has a high risk of developers continuing to ignore
> the deprecation warnings and adding new legacy drivers, which I then
> must convert to the new model. This never ends.
> I know my behavior may seem a bit rude, but apparently this is the only
> way to get things to actually happen. I've been waiting for over a year
> already!

I sympathize, but throwing disruptive changes into Linus' tree when
we're past -rc3 is not the way to solve the problem.

The way to solve the problem is to (a) publish a branch where you put
the stuff you're going to ask Linus to pull in the next merge window,
(b) push a commit there that removes the legacy interfaces, (c) ask
Stephen Rothwell to include that branch in linux-next.

The linux-next tree gets built for a wide range of architectures and
configs, and any breakages get noticed and fixed pretty quickly.
Getting the removal of the legacy interfaces into linux-next will do
more in a week than a year's worth of deprecation warnings. :)

> I don't think the risk is that high, at least not for sound drivers.
> The conversions are fairly easy and if something really went wrong,
> fixing it is a matter of minutes.

We're past -rc3 now.  This is not the time for pushing this sort of
change into Linus' tree.  Ask Linus if you don't believe me.

> I have converted all remaining drivers by now:
> http://i2c.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Legacy_drivers_to_be_converted
> It's really only a matter of getting them tested in time now. Given
> that most drivers are powermac ones, what I really need here is
> powermac users/maintainers to test my patches and report success or
> failure.

OK, but please work in your next branch and linux-next, not Linus'


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