[arch-dev-public] Worthless out of tree kernel modules

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 08:08:13 EST 2012

On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 2:55 AM, Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de> wrote:
> Am 15.02.2012 09:45, schrieb Thomas Bächler:
>> Am 15.02.2012 08:23, schrieb Tobias Powalowski:
>>> Am 15.02.2012 06:54, schrieb Pierre Schmitz:
>>>> Am 15.02.2012 01:20, schrieb Dan McGee:
>>>>> Guys,
>>>>> Why on earth are we maintaining any of the following?
>>>>> * fcpci- pkgrel of 66
>>>>> * fcpcmcia- pkgrel of 62
>>>>> * slmodem- pkgrel of 62, not even available for x86_64
>>>>> Frankly, if these can't make the cut to land in the kernel tree after
>>>>> 10 years, we are wasting our time packaging them. Might as well safe
>>>>> the kernel packagers some headaches.
>>>>> -Dan
>>> Only fcpci and fcpcmcia support capi2.0 which is needed for isdn hylafax
>>> capability.
>>> This can be dropped when the isdn userland tools will fully support
>>> capi2.0 which is worked on for a while.
>>> I'm happy if I don't need to build those anymore.
>>> I guess this year they can finally die.
>> What about slmodem then? I doubt anyone actually uses that.
> Looking at the pkgbuild makes me cry; I also wonder why we use a
> version from 2008 with patches when there is a new one from 2011. But
> anyway, usage of that package is below a measurable threshold.
> But in general I don't care that much as long as people maintain these.
> Dropping useless orphaned packages is fine though.

Mainly it was a "I can't believe anyone still uses this" question, and
trying to save our kernel maintainers some work that isn't necessary,
that's all.


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