[stable] Wanted: Allow adding new device IDs during the -stable cycle

[stable] Wanted: Allow adding new device IDs during the -stable cycle

Post by Jeff Garzi » Thu, 24 May 2007 04:10:14



I haven't found a single distro that (a) makes it trivial to add PCI IDs
at install time, and then (b) ensures those PCI IDs remain persistent
for each boot. We are not at all to the "just works" stage yet.


Maybe you are just not seeing all the developers that keep bringing this
up??

Really, it is just silly to think that one-line PCI IDs patches will
cause any harm at all, and it should be self-evident that there is clear
potential to HELP Linux users. That's why we're all here, right?

Jeff


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[stable] Wanted: Allow adding new device IDs during the -stable cycle

Post by Jeff Garzi » Thu, 24 May 2007 05:30:09


I looked at distros other than those produced by my employer.

Apparently you did not.

This is not how we best serve Linux users.

Jeff



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[stable] Wanted: Allow adding new device IDs during the -stable cycle

Post by Jeff Garzi » Thu, 24 May 2007 07:50:07


No need to worry about theory. Since you are (or should be???) taking
stuff solely from upstream, you should already know what is needed, or not.



Search your email archives, it has been brought more than the two times
you cite.



e1000 is not a representative sample at all...

Jeff


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[stable] Wanted: Allow adding new device IDs during the -stable cycle

Post by Jeff Garzi » Fri, 25 May 2007 19:10:07


False argument. -stable should only be merging patches that are already
upstream, and known.

Jeff


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[stable] Wanted: Allow adding new device IDs during the -stable cycle

Post by David Holl » Fri, 25 May 2007 23:00:10


FWIW,

With the asix.c driver, you can't just add the USB IDs and have it work.
Each ID also needs to be told which driver structure to use, since the
driver itself supports three similar, but distinct chips. Adding the
IDs to the driver itself is naturally trivial, but adding via sysfs or
the like doesn't work. I would imagine that there are other drivers
that operate quite similarly.


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[stable] Wanted: Allow adding new device IDs during the -stable cycle

Post by Jeff Garzi » Sat, 26 May 2007 05:50:13


As is evident from the patches that do upstream (a requirement for
-stable), it depends on the driver. Some drivers work just fine with a
simple ID addition.

Review the thread, we are just talking about the patches where adding an
ID is the only work necessary.

Jeff


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