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Re: [Xen-devel] Xen Project policy on feature flags

On 09/26/2014 03:49 PM, Stefano Stabellini wrote:
Let me rephrase - will it boot in the same fashion (And with the same
bugs) as it did prior to this functionality being introduced?
3.15 -> dom0 on ARM broken (if netback is used)
3.17 -> dom0 on ARM is fixed, only if the kernel is compiled with 

Reverting the XENFEAT_grant_map_identity related changes would give you
a system broken even with CONFIG_ARM_LPAE.
Reverting Zoltan's changes to netback would give you a working system.

So the *only* reason to include this flag at this point is to allow people to run an unmodified 3.17 kernel with netback, is that right? It seems like a really jerk move to encourage people to put 3.17 on their systems, and then deliberately break it on a subsequent release.

Particularly with ARM, where people are used to doing platform-specific things, it seems like encouraging people to either use pre-3.15 or to revert Zoltan's changes would be a better option.


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