On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 12:38 AM, James Hogan <jho...@kernel.org> wrote: > These patches remove the metag architecture and tightly dependent > drivers from the kernel. With the 4.16 kernel the ancient gcc 4.2.4 > based metag toolchain we have been using is hitting compiler bugs, so > now seems a good time to drop it altogether. > > Quoting from patch 1: > > The earliest Meta architecture port of Linux I have a record of was an > import of a Meta port of Linux v2.4.1 in February 2004, which was worked > on significantly over the next few years by Graham Whaley, Will Newton, > Matt Fleming, myself and others. > > Eventually the port was merged into mainline in v3.9 in March 2013, not > long after Imagination Technologies bought MIPS Technologies and shifted > its CPU focus over to the MIPS architecture. > > As a result, though the port was maintained for a while, kept on life > support for a while longer, and useful for testing a few specific > drivers for which I don't have ready access to the equivalent MIPS > hardware, it is now essentially dead with no users. > > It is also stuck using an out-of-tree toolchain based on GCC 4.2.4 which > is no longer maintained, now struggles to build modern kernels due to > toolchain bugs, and doesn't itself build with a modern GCC. The latest > buildroot port is still using an old uClibc snapshot which is no longer > served, and the latest uClibc doesn't build with GCC 4.2.4. > > So lets call it a day and drop the Meta architecture port from the > kernel. RIP Meta.
I've pulled it into my asm-generic tree now, which is also part of linux-next, and followed up with patches removing frv, m32r, score, unicore32 and blackfin. I have not removed the device drivers yet, but I'm working on that. Arnd