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Date:   Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:58:36 +0100
From:   Markus Heiser <>
To:     Jonathan Corbet <>
Cc:     Matthew Wilcox <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] kernel-doc: Handle returning pointers to pointers

Am 23.01.2017 um 16:24 schrieb Jonathan Corbet <>:

> On Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:14:51 +0000
> Matthew Wilcox <> wrote:
>>> I maintain my own stack of "linuxdoc" with a python version
>>> of the kernel-doc script (hosted on github). It uses the same
>>> regexes as the perl version (using a python rewrite here has some
>>> other benefits, one you will see below). I merged your patch:  
>> Are there plans to merge that?  It feels so odd to have a python script calling a perl script ...
> I pushed back pretty hard on it last year; my feeling at the time was that
> the Sphinx transition had enough moving parts as it was.

I know what you mean ;)

>  I do think we
> can reconsider it now, though.  It's not as if the perl kerneldoc script
> is a thing of great beauty in need of preservation.
> Markus, would you consider sending out a new patch set for review?  

Yes, I send RFC soon ...

> What I
> would like to do see is something adding the new script for the Sphinx
> toolchain, while leaving the DocBook build unchanged, using the old
> script.  We could then delete it once the last template file has moved
> over.

agree ...

> 4.12 would be the probable merge target; it's a big enough change that I'd
> like to have it in -next for a full development cycle.

agree once more.

Thanks for choosing this!

  -- Markus --

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