[PATCH 7/7] [v2] drivers/misc: introduce Freescale hypervisor management driver

Arnd Bergmann arnd at arndb.de
Tue Jun 7 02:24:53 EST 2011

On Monday 06 June 2011, Timur Tabi wrote:
> Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > When we talked about the situation of drivers/misc and drivers/char at
> > one of the recent conferences, a broad consensus was that they are in
> > need of a maintainer, which I foolishly signed up for. Deepak wanted
> > to send an update to the MAINTAINERS file for this (I guess I can do
> > that too, since he must have forgotten about it), but the main idea is
> > that I'm there to say no to any driver that someone tries to add there,
> > unless there are really good reasons why it is actually a good place
> > to live for that driver.
> Can you give me an example of a driver that does belong in drivers/misc?

Not really.

> Frankly, I just don't see what's wrong with a repository of various drivers that
> don't really belong anywhere else.

The main problem is that for the most part it's a pile of crap that
nobody wants to look at, so drivers getting added there see basically
no real review.

> And what about my concern that my driver will be the only one in drivers/virt?

I have no doubt that more of these will come. Chris Metcalf is currently
looking for a home for his tilera hypervisor drivers, and we have the
microsoft hyperv drivers in drivers/staging, so they will hopefully
move to a proper place later. We also have similar drivers in other
places, e.g. drivers/ps3/ps3-sys-manager.c, drivers/s390/char/vmcp.c
or parts of drivers/xen.


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