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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 3/3] PCI: mark pci_scan_bus_parented() as __deprecated

On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 01:14:23AM +0800, Jiang Liu wrote:
> On 06/21/2013 01:08 AM, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 01:01:05AM +0800, Jiang Liu wrote:
> >> From: Jiang Liu <jiang.liu@xxxxxxxxxx>
> >>
> >> Mark pci_scan_bus_parented() as __deprecated and clean up outdated
> >> comments.
> > 
> > Why not just delete the function, if no in-kernel users are calling it,
> > it's no longer needed at all.
> Hi Greg,
> I thought that may break out of tree drivers, so give a warning first
> for smooth transitions. Any guidelines here? I have some other similar
> cases to keep some exported symbols just for out of tree drivers.

Don't care about out-of-tree drivers, as they obviously don't care about
you, or the in-kernel code.  You are doing no one any favors by keeping
these functions around for a while, only delaying the time that these
out-of-tree drivers will have to be updated, they will not be updated by
a mere __depreciated warning.

So just delete them, that's what the rest of the kernel does, it's the
price that out-of-tree drivers pay, and the authors of them know this
quite well.


greg k-h

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