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Re: Fix quilt merge error in acpi-cpufreq.c

From:  Linus Torvalds <>
To:  Rusty Russell <>
Subject:  Re: Fix quilt merge error in acpi-cpufreq.c
Date:  Wed, 15 Apr 2009 08:28:45 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID:  <alpine.LFD.2.00.0904150822020.4132@localhost.localdomain>
Cc:  Ingo Molnar <>, Linux Kernel Mailing List <>, Andrew Morton <>, Dave Jones <>
Archive-link:  Article

On Wed, 15 Apr 2009, Rusty Russell wrote:
>    The API is screwy.  It excludes the current CPU from the mask,
> unconditionally.  It's a tlb flush helper masquerading as a general function.
> (smp_call_function has the same issue).
> Something like this?
> Subject: smp_call_function_many: add explicit exclude_self flag

No. This just makes the API even screwier. It fixes the 
"smp_processor_id()" thing, but it is 

 (a) horribly buggy

     See the 'return' without any put_cpu()

 (b) horribly buggy


	if (exclude_self && cpu == this_cpu)
		cpu = cpumask_next_and(cpu, mask, cpu_online_mask);

     things are wrong - we need to do that "jump over our own CPU" thing 
     regardless of whether 'exclude_self' is set or not, since we're going 
     to special-case our own CPU anyway.

 (c) Wrong, even if it wasn't (horribly buggy)^2

     Adding "flags" to an interface doesn't make it better. Quite the 
     reverse. It makes it worse. It also makes it even MORE different from 
     all the other smp_call_function's, which just do the 'self' cpu 
     without any stupid conditionals and flags.

IOW, it would make things worse even if it worked. Which it doesn't.

> Impact: clarify and extend confusing API

And what the hell is up with these bogus "Impact:" things? Who started 
doing that, and why? If your single-line explanation at the top is not 
good enough, and your multi-line explanation isn't clear enough, then you 
should fix the OTHER parts, not add that _idiotic_ "Impact" statement.

The thing has spread like wildfire, and it's STUPID.


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