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Re: [Xen-devel] removal of ia64 port

>>> On 23.03.12 at 07:52, "KUWAMURA Shin'ya" <kuwa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>> On Wed, 21 Mar 2012 08:45:24 +0000
>>>>>> JBeulich@xxxxxxxx("Jan Beulich")  said:
>> Given that the ia64 port hasn't really been maintained for the last couple
>> of years (I am apparently the only one to try to keep it building at least,
>> but I suspect that it has been non-functional for quite a while), I'd like to
>> propose to remove the port. After quite some time of trying to get an
>> opinion from Intel on this, I was now notified of their agreement to this
>> move.
>> From my pov, the only thing to discuss here is whether this should
>> happen right away, or after 4.2 went out (then with a formal removal
>> proposal in that release - the port's state isn't being reflected correctly
>> anyway in ./MAINTAINERS afaict).
> I hope that ia64 code remains in xen-unstable for the time being.
> I am inspecting the problem of hypervisor now.

If you're asking to keep the port, can we take this as commitment to
resume doing active work on it (not just limited to fixing the current
problems, but also going forward)?

> Current ia64 status is:
> - xen-4.0-testing: work
> It still work on ia64 with small fixes. I will send patches later.

Since no-one cared for this long a time, I wonder whether it's really
worth fixing this branch (which will probably be dead after releasing
4.0.4 anyway).

> - xen-4.1-testing: probably work with xend
>   - libxl does not work on ia64.

While I'm not sure addressing this in 4.1-testing would make a lot of
sense at this point, dealing with this in -unstable is - afaic - certainly
a prereq for keeping the port.

> - xen-unstable: not work
>   - The hypervisor cannot boot.
>   - It worked on ia64 in October, 2010.

Hmm, this contradicts your assumption that 4.1 would work (which
was released on March 2011).


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