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OT: Re: kernel versionning problem

Josh Boyer wrote:
On Mon, Jan 22, 2007 at 07:12:29PM -0500, Chuck Anderson wrote:
On Mon, Jan 22, 2007 at 05:19:24PM -0600, Jason L Tibbitts III wrote:
"TE" == Tanguy Eric <eric tanguy univ-nantes fr> writes:
TE> http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2965

Blah, blah, only breaks on Fedora, blah blah, Fedora people don't know
how to behave.

So exactly what is it that Fedora is doing wrong here?
The problem is that the rt2x00 driver assumes that there is an API difference between kernels < 2.6.20 and >= 2.6.20. In truth there is no guarantee of a stable API at all in Linux, and that keying off LINUX_VERSION_CODE is next to useless. If you patch the kernel at all, what version does it become? Perhaps one API changed to be like Linus' 2.6.20 due to your patch(es), but another API didn't change and is still like Linus' 2.6.19. An out-of-tree driver that keys off LINUX_VERSION_CODE can never get this right. You could change the version code to fix one out-of-tree driver, but then that breaks the other.

Exactly.  This is something external driver maintainers just have to deal
with if their driver isn't upstream¹.


¹ Have is said the word "upstream" enough in this thread?  No?  Repeat after
me... "Upstream, Upstream, it's our way.  Upstream, Upstream anything else
will ruin your day."²

² I apologize for my crappy cheer.

Not crappy, but spot on ;-D


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