Subject: Re: [Fwd: a proposal for next major (5.x)]
To: Garrett D'Amore <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 09/07/2006 15:02:45
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On Thu, Sep 07, 2006 at 02:21:49PM -0700, Garrett D'Amore wrote:
> wrote:
> > MI hacks for any platform should preferably not exist, but that's=20
> > another issue.  And if you think grep etc. takes too long time to
> > execute I would say that it is a cheap prize to pay to get this support.

Well, we'll always have to have MD-specific support in MI routines.=20
Different hardware does (some) things differently, which is where=20
competitive advantage comes in. :-) However the best case is where we can=
abstract out a concept that's somehow different and then code to that.=20
Thus if different hardware in the future follows the same conceptual=20
behavior, we're already set.

> No, but sifting thru the _output_ when you're doing a rototill is a
> PITA.  The recent work I've done with com(4) and todr are good
> examples.  I'm not sure why I bothered to fix pdp10, but I did.

Oh. Are you using id-utils and/or cscope? I find them essential for doing
system-wide sweeps, and they make them much simpler. I use vi, and load my
vi session up with a number of the needed changes, and the mechanical=20
changes all happen rather fast.

Take care,


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