|| ||Andrew Morton <akpm-AT-linux-foundation.org> |
|| ||Mike Frysinger <vapier-AT-gentoo.org> |
|| ||Re: [PATCH] lib/atomic64_test: do not build on non-atomic64 systems |
|| ||Fri, 22 Oct 2010 14:00:44 -0700|
|| ||Luca Barbieri <luca-AT-luca-barbieri.com>,
|| ||Article, Thread
On Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:47:36 -0400
Mike Frysinger <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 16:31, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:14:49 -0400 Mike Frysinger wrote:
> >> On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 19:24, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >> > On Thu, 21 Oct 2010 19:04:36 -0400 Mike Frysinger wrote:
> >> >> you can say "lazy" all you like. __i dont see the point in going that route.
> >> >
> >> > Try
> >> >
> >> > __ __ __ __grep HAVE arch/x86/Kconfig
> >> >
> >> > If all of those were instead to use some random #define which the
> >> > particular feature happened to define in some header file then we would
> >> > have a mess on our hands.
> >> fun times. __new tact.
> >> Luca: your new atomic64_t test build fails on all arches that lack
> >> atomic64_t. __please fix.
> > That's only part of the problem. __The following won't build also:
> > net/rds
> not true. that code base is already using my suggestion:
> #ifdef ATOMIC64_INIT
> #define KERNEL_HAS_ATOMIC64
IOW, your suggestion led to a nasty local hack. One which would be
unneeded had we implemented this properly via Kconfig.
> but this isnt a matter of "use atomic64_t or atomic_t" ... this code
> manually takes care of doing a spinlock around a u64 member. i
> imagine if you'd notice this before it was merged you'd have made them
> fix this cleanly.
I'd have suggested that they use Kconfig.
I'd also have suggested that they implement a generic spinlocked
atomic64 library rather than open-coding stuff down in net/rds/.
People do tend to prefer to do localised expedient things rather than
sticking their necks out and implementing proper, generic kernel-wide
functions. If I see it happen, I'll tell them. Usually I don't see
it until months after it's merged :(
> > kernel/perf_event.c
> also not true -- this requires arches to opt in to HAVE_PERF_EVENTS
> and only arches which have validated it works (i.e. they have
> atomic64) have done that
kernel/perf_event.c has a dependency on the missing CONFIG_HAVE_ATOMIC64.
> > drivers/staging/octeon
> not an issue -- this depends on CPU_CAVIUM_OCTEON which is only
> provided by mips which provides atomic64
> > drivers/infiniband/hw
> the only code usage of atomic64 is in code that already depends on the
> Kconfig symbol 64BIT
Again, that's just wrong and it's a fluke. Will break if a 64-bit arch
doesn't implement atomic64.
> as for why it depends on this, i dont know ... maybe it's because of atomic64_t
> > Or, much better, we implement atomic64 on the offending architectures.
> i dont want to give people the impression that 64 atomics are free to
> use if in reality they're pretty expensive. on a Blackfin system, i'd
> need to implement every access with basically a spinlock.
spin_lock_irqsave(), really. Becomes local_irq_save() on UP.
But what's the alternative? Either entire features become unavailable
on those architectures or we grow local hacks like rds_ib_get_ack()
which, yup, uses spin_lock_irqsave().
> > with more to come. These things should be made dependent upon
> > CONFIG_HAVE_ATOMIC64 in Kconfig. (Can't use #ifdef ATOMIC64_INIT for this!)
> these are actually compelling arguments unlike the original one. even
> if all these examples ended up not really being true (only the new
> atomic64_t test code is available to build on arches that lack
Really, the atomic64_t implementation was imcomplete. It should have
provided the generic arch-neutral fallback code.
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