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    Drop all 00-INDEX files from Documentation/ · a7ddcea5
    Henrik Austad authored
    This is a respin with a wider audience (all that get_maintainer returned)
    and I know this spams a *lot* of people. Not sure what would be the correct
    way, so my apologies for ruining your inbox.
    The 00-INDEX files are supposed to give a summary of all files present
    in a directory, but these files are horribly out of date and their
    usefulness is brought into question. Often a simple "ls" would reveal
    the same information as the filenames are generally quite descriptive as
    a short introduction to what the file covers (it should not surprise
    anyone what Documentation/sched/sched-design-CFS.txt covers)
    A few years back it was mentioned that these files were no longer really
    needed, and they have since then grown further out of date, so perhaps
    it is time to just throw them out.
    A short status yields the following _outdated_ 00-INDEX files, first
    counter is files listed in 00-INDEX but missing in the directory, last
    is files present but not listed in 00-INDEX.
    List of outdated 00-INDEX:
    Documentation: (4/10)
    Documentation/sysctl: (0/1)
    Documentation/timers: (1/0)
    Documentation/blockdev: (3/1)
    Documentation/w1/slaves: (0/1)
    Documentation/locking: (0/1)
    Documentation/devicetree: (0/5)
    Documentation/power: (1/1)
    Documentation/powerpc: (0/5)
    Documentation/arm: (1/0)
    Documentation/x86: (0/9)
    Documentation/x86/x86_64: (1/1)
    Documentation/scsi: (4/4)
    Documentation/filesystems: (2/9)
    Documentation/filesystems/nfs: (0/2)
    Documentation/cgroup-v1: (0/2)
    Documentation/kbuild: (0/4)
    Documentation/spi: (1/0)
    Documentation/virtual/kvm: (1/0)
    Documentation/scheduler: (0/2)
    Documentation/fb: (0/1)
    Documentation/block: (0/1)
    Documentation/networking: (6/37)
    Documentation/vm: (1/3)
    Then there are 364 subdirectories in Documentation/ with several files that
    are missing 00-INDEX alltogether (and another 120 with a single file and no
    I don't really have an opinion to whether or not we /should/ have 00-INDEX,
    but the above 00-INDEX should either be removed or be kept up to date. If
    we should keep the files, I can try to keep them updated, but I rather not
    if we just want to delete them anyway.
    As a starting point, remove all index-files and references to 00-INDEX and
    see where the discussion is going.
    Signed-off-by: default avatarHenrik Austad <>
    Acked-by: default avatar"Paul E. McKenney" <>
    Just-do-it-by: default avatarSteven Rostedt <>
    Reviewed-by: default avatarJens Axboe <>
    Acked-by: default avatarPaul Moore <>
    Acked-by: default avatarGreg Kroah-Hartman <>
    Acked-by: default avatarMark Brown <>
    Acked-by: default avatarMike Rapoport <>
    Cc: [Almost everybody else]
    Signed-off-by: default avatarJonathan Corbet <>