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Re: [PATCH] padata: section cleanup

From:  Andrew Morton <akpm-AT-linux-foundation.org>
To:  Herbert Xu <herbert-AT-gondor.apana.org.au>
Subject:  Re: [PATCH] padata: section cleanup
Date:  Wed, 31 Mar 2010 14:58:17 -0700
Cc:  Henrik Kretzschmar <henne-AT-nachtwindheim.de>, steffen.klassert-AT-secunet.com, linux-kernel-AT-vger.kernel.org
Archive-link:  Article, Thread

On Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:15:50 +0800
Herbert Xu <herbert@gondor.apana.org.au> wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 07:53:46AM +0100, Henrik Kretzschmar wrote:
> > This patch removes the __cupinit from padata_cpu_callback(),
> > which is refered by the exportet function padata_alloc().
> > 
> > This could lead to problems if CONFIG_HOTPLUG_CPU is disabled,
> > which should happen very often.
> > 
> > WARNING: kernel/built-in.o(.text+0x7ffcb): Section mismatch in reference from the function
padata_alloc() to the function .cpuinit.text:padata_cpu_callback()
> > The function padata_alloc() references
> > the function __cpuinit padata_cpu_callback().
> > This is often because padata_alloc lacks a __cpuinit
> > annotation or the annotation of padata_cpu_callback is wrong.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Henrik Kretzschmar <henne@nachtwindheim.de>
> 
> Patch applied.  Thanks!

(wtf?)

OK, on behalf of thousands I ask: what the heck is kernel/padata.c? 

Seems to have popped up in 2.6.34, positioned as generic kernel-wide
code only it has been secreted away on the linux-crypto list.  Please
don't do this.

What is it for, how does it work, where might it otherwise be used,
what are the dynamics, why does it use softirqs rather than (say)
kernel threads and how do we stop it from using yield()?



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