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Re: [crosspost] dropping support for ia64

On Mon, May 22, 2023 at 09:08:35AM +0200, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> (cc Greg as stable maintainer)
> On Sat, 20 May 2023 at 21:23, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz
> <glaubitz%physik.fu-berlin.de@localhost> wrote:
> >
> ...
> >
> > I have been thinking about this discussion for a while now and my suggestion
> > would be to drop ia64 support from the kernel, GRUB and gcc/binutils/glibc in
> > this order:
> >
> > - Kernel: After the next LTS release
> > - GRUB: After the 2.12 release
> > - gcc/binutils/glibc: After support was dropped from the kernel
> >
> > This way anyone still using ia64 will be able to use it with a supported codebase
> > for an extended time and upstream projects have target releases for which they
> > can plan the removal.
> >
> Yeah, I think this is reasonable. Having a clear agreement on where
> the support ends helps both the remaining users and the developers
> eager to move on.
> My only question is how we would land fixes for ia64 into this Linux
> LTS release if there is no upstream any longer to draw from.
> Greg, could you comment on this?

That would imply that people actually used that arch and code, so why
would it have been removed from Linus's tree?

And there's nothing "special" about LTS releases for features like this,
just drop the code when no one is using it and all is good.


greg k-h

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