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Re: Regarding the ULTRIX and OSF1 compats

Le sam. 16 mars 2019 à 16:12, Robert Elz <kre%munnari.oz.au@localhost> a écrit :
> Sorry, I must have missed that.   All I ever seem to see is that xxx is
> unmaintained and full of unspecified bugs, and that obviously no-one cares,
> and so we should delete it.    That's not an argument for anything.

You suggest that there are people who care about the compat, who are
not on the mailing list. How do you suggest we reach them?

> Yes, this makes it a long slow, and tedious process (involving a bunch of
> additional work) to delete something - but so it should be.  Someone spent
> a lot of time making the thing you want to discard work in the first place.

Max did everything reasonable to gather feedback about this, waiting a
long time for feedback to come. Now it's time to proceed with the
removal. The stuff will stay in Attic, so if somebody steps in to
actually maintain it, they would be able to revive it just as easily
as if it would be simply unlinked from build.

This is me, speaking as person who put a lot of efford into making
compat_linux work, and also trying to keep compat code updated. I know
what it means to update esoteric code down in compat layers. Most of
this is simply not testable by reasonable means, which unfortunately
means it needs to go.


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