Re: [PATCH] DRM 4.0 support for kernel 2.4.17

Keith Owens (
Sun, 23 Dec 2001 23:34:38 +1100

On Sun, 23 Dec 2001 13:28:24 +0100,
Christoph Hellwig <> wrote:
>On Sun, Dec 23, 2001 at 10:48:36AM +1100, Keith Owens wrote:
>> Only if the new version cleans up the horrible drm 4.0 Makefile.
>I am more than happy to do so. In fact I already did in 2.4.0-test times
>and got flamed by the drm crew..

Don't see why. drm 4.1 uses a sane makefile, apart from a few dead
references to $(lib) which do nothing. The separate copy of drmlib in
each object was meant to allow migration to a new format, it obviously
failed in its task, drm 4.1 is not compatible. From drm 4.0 Makefile

# The upside is that if the DRM support library ever becomes insufficient
# for new families of cards, a new library can be implemented for those new
# cards without impacting the drivers for the old cards. This is significant,
# because testing architectural changes to old cards may be impossible, and
# may delay the implementation of a better architecture. We've traded slight
# memory waste (in the dual-head case) for greatly improved long-term
# maintainability.

Nice definition of long term, it survived 0 new releases. Kill it.

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