[LinuxBIOS] A8N5X port

Uwe Hermann uwe at hermann-uwe.de
Fri Sep 28 16:38:46 CEST 2007

On Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at 02:46:09PM -0700, ron minnich wrote:
> On 9/27/07, Robert Millan <rmh at aybabtu.com> wrote:
> >   - include: someone might break board A in a commit that was only tested
> >     on board B.
> I can only say it's been a huge problem in the past. I've had cases
> where I tried to rebuild linuxbios for an older board, only to find
> that "improvements" in "common" code rendered the board unbootable.
> this is a particular problem for supermicro motherboards, which change
> in trivial ways all the time. An irq table that is common to two
> boards may not be a few months later. If the newer board is changed,
> the older board is broken. This really happened to me.

Sure, there will be such cases, but that's a bug then anyway. If someone
breaks the code that's either (a) a bug, or (b) a sign that the "common"
code wasn't really common in the first place and should be moved

This should not affect _users_ all too much (there's always svn, you can
always checkout older/working versions, see also
http://linuxbios.org/Confirmed_working_svn_revisions, which we could
expand maybe). We also have abuild, and the hardware test suite which
(I hope) will have a bunch of machines integrated sooner or later.

Upon the occurence of such an issue the _developers_ just Fix It (tm) and
that's it. Not a big deal, IMHO.

Note: I _do_ understand your reasoning, and yes, this type of bugs may
occur, but common code is still the better route IMO, and svn will save
our ass until such bugs are fixed...

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