[ofa-general] Re: InfiniBand/RDMA merge plans for 2.6.25
rdreier at cisco.com
Tue Jan 22 13:56:00 PST 2008
> > - Neteffect "nes" driver. It's not terribly clean code but since
> > it's a new driver that is completely self-contained, I plan on
> > merging it and letting cleanups happen upstream.
> New code should be better quality than old code, not worse. I haven't
> actually seen the driver yet, but by that statement I'd be clearly
> against a merge.
The driver has been posted a few times; the latest code is in the
"neteffect" branch of my tree:
It's not *that* bad -- certainly there are lots of things that could
be improved (sparse endianness annotation, too many lines that are way
to long, strange indentation of case labeles, etc, etc) but it is a
self-contained hardware driver. I agree with Linus's position (stated
at the last kernel summit) that we ought to merge hardware drivers
early, so that users get the drivers with as little hassle as
possible. We lose a little leverage in getting cleanups done, but the
number of people who see the code and are able to clean it up
increases, so I think it's a good trade-off.
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