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Old 03-13-2011, 06:48 PM
Ben Hutchings
Default Bug#618258: linux-image-2.6.32-5-amd64: readd legacy /proc/scsi support

On Sun, 2011-03-13 at 11:31 -0700, Tyler wrote:
> Package: linux-2.6
> Version: 2.6.32-30
> Severity: wishlist
> First and foremost, I've already browsed several bug reports dating
> back to 2008 that have requested this to be turned back on (mostly in
> the now nonexistent scsiadd package).

There are sysfs files you can poke to add SCSI devices.

> The general attitude is "bug your software vendor if they don't
> support sysfs" but really, you can't expect this out of everyone.
> Especially a place like HighPoint who hasn't touched their drivers
> since 10/22/2009. I respect the position but, in my opinion, you're
> only hurting consumer level Debian users by turning extremely minor
> things like this off.

It is not the responsibility of the kernel team to support out-of-tree
drivers. I would strongly discourage anyone from buying hardware that
does not have in-tree drivers.

But it sounds like you are conflating the driver and the utilities. The
driver surely does not depend on /proc/scsi/scsi.

> I think it should be turned back on to continue to support devices
> that use it that are unlikely to see their kernel tainting drivers
> updated to not use /proc/scsi.

Given that the upstream default is still Y, you may be right.


Ben Hutchings
Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.

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