floppy support (was: [HEADS UP] remove ddate(1) command from rawhide)
john5342 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 20:29:44 UTC 2011
On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 21:12, Chris Adams <cmadams at hiwaay.net> wrote:
> In any case, instead of arguing semantics, can you answer my actual
> question? How many systems hang when floppy.ko is loaded? If it is a
> large number, it should be easy to point to lots of data.
Ok, just some very approximate stats for a group of approximately 50
computers i used to run (this was about 2 years ago and with various
linux distributions but i doubt floppy support varies much). The
computers with floppy drives enabled in the BIOS even though there was
no actual drive attached took mostly between 2 and 20 seconds longer
to boot. 2 of them (probably very broken controllers) actually took 2
minutes longer to boot. These extra boot times are far from being the
end of the world but certainly not worth inflicting on everyone to
satisfy the rare use from a tiny proportion of users.
I may be way wide of the mark but if floppy drives were enabled either
on demand or as a service in systemd could the module perhaps be
loaded later on during boot and in parallel with the rest of the boot.
That would make any potential hang completely irrelevant.
There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand binary
and those who don't...
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