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Re: Bug#345067: My understanding of the IDE mess, and why it does not make sense to apply the proposed patch

On Fri, Mar 10, 2006 at 09:12:42AM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 10, 2006 at 12:00:50AM -0800, Jurij Smakov wrote:
> > When ide-generic is included (it is loaded after all the native ide
> > modules), the kernel boots fine. The reason is that in the Debian
> > 2.6.8 sources the ide-generic initialization procedure contains the
> > call to ide_scan_pcibus(), which actually does the detection of PCI
> > IDE devices. Function probe_for_hwifs() in ide.c contains a call to
> > ide_scan_pcibus() as well, but there it is only called if ide.c is
> > built-in, and not a part of a module (it normally goes into
> > ide-core). So, in Debian's 2.6.8 loading of ide-generic is really
> > essential, and it should be loaded after all the native modules, which
> > just register PCI drivers for specific chipsets. Note that the
> > upstream kernel source does not operate like this. ide-generic does
> > NOT contain a call to ide_scan_pcibus(), this situation is the result
> > of Debian-specific patches, in particular modular IDE patch,
> > originally introduced by Herbert Xu.
> Oh, ...
> So, if i understood you right, this bug was introduced with Herbert Xu's
> modular IDE patch, and it was ever present only in debian kernel sources, and
> was dropped for 2.6.15.
> This means that right now, apart from snapshot.debian.org, it is available
> exclusively in sarge's 2.6.8 kernel-source package, which is supposed to be
> used with sarge's initrd-tools anyway, or other sarge ramdisk generation
> tools.
> That means that jonas's fear of breaking self-built kernels is vastly
> unfunded, and that he should remove those hacks, include a mention of the
> broken kernels in the README file, and maybe propose a fixed yaird to
> stable-proposed-updates or something.
> Alternatively, we could propose a fixed kenrel to stable-proposed-update which
> removes the herbert-xu modular ide patch.

Oh, yaird is not part of sarge or any previous release. So the question is if
we need to support people wanting to use etch/sid yaird with the official
sarge kernel, and second if we have to do so at the detriment of the other
official kernels.


Sven Luther

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