[Buildroot] [PATCH 0/5] legacy: drop old options (branch yem/drop-old-legacy)

Yann E. MORIN yann.morin.1998 at free.fr
Sun Mar 28 19:52:05 UTC 2021


Thomas, All,

On 2021-03-28 21:24 +0200, Thomas Petazzoni spake thusly:
> On Sat, 27 Mar 2021 21:53:28 +0100
> "Yann E. MORIN" <yann.morin.1998 at free.fr> wrote:
> > We advertise that legacy symbols will be removed after two years.
> > However, so far, we've be more lax than that, and we only dropped
> > symbols after about 5 year have elapsed.
> > 
> > This series removes options in step, starting with the usual 5-year
> > threshold, in 1-year increments, to eventually catch-up with the
> > advertised 2-year threshold.
> In fact, I am not sure I agree with the rule that we should keep them
> only 2 years. Indeed, for users that follow the LTS releases, 2 years
> should be more than enough. But believe it or not, our 12 months
> maintenance period is still considered too short by users who don't
> always have the resources/skills to update once a year. So we still do
> have users that upgrade quite infrequently.
> 
> Since the maintenance cost of those legacy options is essentially zero,
> I am wondering if we really need to drop them. Should we change the
> rule and drop the ones that are 5 years old for example ?

I noticed the two-year rule while adding the snippet, when I thought the
rule was five years, when it was only customs.

So, I split the series in steps, so that we could at least abide by the
established usage of dropping 5-year old entries, and then catch up to
the rule.

I am OK with making the rule '5 years', since that's what I thought it
was.

I'll resend an updated series.

Regards,
Yann E. MORIN.

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