[linux-yocto] Query about arch/arm/mach-axxia/wrappers.c

Bruce Ashfield bruce.ashfield at windriver.com
Fri Dec 13 20:44:51 PST 2013

On 12/13/2013, 7:05 PM, Jacques, John M (John) wrote:
> Bruce,
> Sorry to be so slow...
> We got confirmation that these can be removed in all cases.

Perfect. I'll wait for a revert patch from Paul.

Thanks for looking into this, every little bit helps quality and


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bruce Ashfield [mailto:bruce.ashfield at windriver.com]
> Sent: Friday, December 13, 2013 7:54 AM
> To: Butler, Paul
> Cc: Jacques, John M (John); Development list for the linux-yocto repositories
> Subject: Re: [linux-yocto] Query about arch/arm/mach-axxia/wrappers.c
> On 13-12-10 02:37 PM, Bruce Ashfield wrote:
>> Hi Paul,
>> During some recent work with the axxia BSP it was pointed out to me
>> that the intent of this commit is still pending.
> ping. I haven't heard anything about this. I'll look at reverting the change myself, unless I hear something.
> Bruce
>> i.e. We are carrying a commit that changes the licensing of exported
>> symbols on the BSP branch.
>> I'm not sure how I didn't notice this explicitly during review, but
>> when processing large sets of patches, things to slip through from
>> time to time. What matters is how we react to the them when we notice
>> :)
>> So here's my question. I'm looking for a timeline when this can be
>> resolved. We really don't want to carry a patch like this for much
>> longer. If the drivers that depend on this are not already in the
>> tree, we should drop the change and carry the changes with the drivers
>> themselves.
>> If the changes are in the tree, then we should fixup the exports, or
>> again, drop the change entirely.
>> I've pasted the original commit for reference below.
>> Cheers,
>> Bruce
>> commit 191b5774c0a1bc2e15fb6800f0281af15da1e2b8
>> Author: John Jacques <john.jacques at lsi.com>
>> Date:   Wed Jul 17 21:33:12 2013 -0500
>>       drivers/net/ethernet: Wrapper Cleanup
>>       Some of the Linux function calls got changed in later versions of
>> Linux
>>       to require the caller to be GPLd.  We are in the process of GPLing all
>>       our driver code, but were not yet finished doing so. The wrappers were
>>       a temporary work around until the RTE (the external module we provide
>>       to customers that controls the rest of the hardware) is GPLd.
>>       Signed-off-by: John Jacques <john.jacques at lsi.com>
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