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Re: [PATCH] netdev_ops

To: scott.feldman@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [PATCH] netdev_ops
From: "David S. Miller" <davem@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 13:37:37 -0700 (PDT)
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   From: "Feldman, Scott" <scott.feldman@xxxxxxxxx>
   Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 01:18:50 -0700
   
   With HAVE_NETDEV_OPS, you're right, we're maintaining the wrapper
   code outside the kernel.  But, it does leave the possibility of
   having a shared backwards compatibility code for multiple (all?)
   drivers for those stuck with supporting kernels without netdev_ops. 
   
And precisely I am showing you how all this backwards compat
stuff is going to hurt you.  You can never truly take advantage
of things that eliminate duplicated code in all the drivers,
and this netdev_ops case is a great example.

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