Re: [PATCH] more deprectation bits

John Bradford (
Sun, 29 Dec 2002 22:40:27 +0000 (GMT)

> > > > Even if it's safe in that particular case, most code in the kernel runs
> > > > without BKL. This patch just makes the deprication of sleep_on
> > > > explicit.
> > >
> > > This would be more appropriate:
> >
> > I don't think so. As you said before sleep_on is perfectly fine for
> > the small part of code still covered by BKL, so we should not impose
> > any runtime overhead (i.e. warnings) but rather remind at compile time.

Especially as the fact that EXT-3 makes use of it doesn't affect
anybody writing user land apps. There isn't much point in warning
about things that are only relevant to readers of this list anyway.

> > That's what's so nice with the gcc extension (and you won't see it
> > anyway as long as you stay at egcs 1.1 :))

How long are we staying at 2.95.3 as the recommended compiler? A lot
of people have been using 3.x with the 2.5 tree successfully for a
while. What will be the recommended compiler for 2.6?

> Others will. It will result in developers being distracted into "fixing"
> non-bugs. It will introduce risk and it will delay the release of the
> 2.6 kernel.


> Please concentrate on things which *matter*. Focus on getting this piece
> of software into a deliverable state and do not be distracted into futzing
> about with stuff which clearly was not addressed at the appropriate time.


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