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Date:   Tue, 8 Dec 2020 08:48:56 +0100
From:   "Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult" <lkml@...ux.net>
To:     Sven Eckelmann <sven@...fation.org>, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        "Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult" <info@...ux.net>
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        Matthias Schiffer <mschiffer@...verse-factory.net>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/7] net: batman-adv: remove unneeded MODULE_VERSION()
 usage

On 05.12.20 08:06, Sven Eckelmann wrote:

Hi,

> Is there some explanation besides an opinion? Some kind goal which you want to 
> achieve with it maybe?

Just a cleanup. I've been under the impression that this version is just
an relic from oot times.

> At least for us it was an easy way to query the release cycle information via 
> batctl. Which made it easier for us to roughly figure out what an reporter/
> inquirer was using - independent of whether he is using the in-kernel version 
> or a backported version.

Is the OOT scenario still valid ?

> Loosing this source of information and breaking parts of batctl and other 
> tools (respondd, ...) is not the end of the world. But I would at least know 
> why this is now necessary.

Okay, if this particular information indeed has a practical value, we
should keep it. Taking it as a NAK.

Perhaps we should add a comment what it's used for and make sure, the
version number is properly maintained.

The problem I see w/ those version fields is that we have lots of
changes in the kernel tree, w/o the version number being increased -
making this information at least doubtful.


--mtx

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