[OpenWrt-Devel] [PATCH 1/1] ramips: remove RB750GR3 support

Thibaut hacks at slashdirt.org
Sat Jul 21 03:44:45 EDT 2018

> Le 21 juil. 2018 à 09:24, John Crispin <john at phrozen.org> a écrit :
> On 19/07/18 20:08, Thibaut wrote:
>>> On 19 Jul 2018, at 19:52, Mathias Kresin <dev at kresin.me> wrote:
>>> 2018-07-19 19:26 GMT+02:00 Thibaut VARÈNE <hacks at slashdirt.org>:
>>>> faf94d926e2810f895f2a98d4a49ee2fe8f673e8 added "support" for a hacked
>>>> device where the original boot loader (routerboot) has been replaced
>>>> by u-boot.
>>>> Support for this device with stock bootloader is possible (as evidenced
>>>> by support for the RBM33G), and conflicts with this code.
>>>> Remove code before release.
>>>> Signed-off-by: Thibaut VARÈNE <hacks at slashdirt.org>
>>> FYI, I already NAK'ed the very same patch on github.
>>> I do agree that it can be done better by not requiring the replacement
>>> of the bootloader. Nevertheless, support for this board is already
>>> shipped since LEDE-17.01 and I don't agree to drop support for a board
>>> without providing an alternative/fixed/better image.
>> Just to clarify: this is not “support”. This is a user created custom hack that applies only to their modified board.
>> T.
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> Hi,
> I agree that proper support for none modified boards is far better and I am always for having such support in tree. what i am failing to understand here is why it is so important to remove this support or none-support patch from the tree ? in general our stance was that if there is at least one user we'll try to carry the functionality as long as we can. So why not remove this when a better replacement is in place ?

Because there will be no replacement and I certainly don’t want to confuse the end users into thinking there will be one.

I don’t know yet another way to say this more clearly: this patch doesn’t “drop support”: support was _never there_. There will be no “replacement”: there is no upgrade path.

What this patch does is dropping bad code. What there will be is proper, correct NEW support for the hardware this code /pretends/ to offer support for but doesn’t.

At the end of the day the device covered by this code is a /different/ device than the one support will be provided for. It’s A Frankendevice, that by the way doesn’t even pass the “hardware available?” question. The installation instructions on the wiki do not even provision a way to revert the hack.

On a side note, if it’s a policy to support every user hack and bastardized hardware for which there is only one user _in tree_, then we have a fundamental difference in opinion and I’m afraid openwrt is then inflicting on itself a maintenance nightmare it can’t afford.

My 2c,

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