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    SubjectRe: Portable binary modules
    "Kendall Bennett" <> said:


    > Every single problem that has been mentioned about Binary Portable
    > modules for the Linux kernel is solvable. For the case of SMP and UP
    > kernel modules, allow the developer the *option* of compiling the
    > binary module with or withour SMP support. If compiled with SMP
    > support, the module should still work on a UP kernel as the kernel
    > would provide dummy locking functions or the UP equivalents to the
    > driver. If compiled without SMP, the module would fail to load on SMP
    > kernels (with an error message to the system log).

    The locking primitives are inlined for performance, and radically different
    in both cases. The UP kernel has a definite advantage speedwise by _not_
    handling SMP locks. Your idea is to compile everything as SMP then?

    > In many cases binary modules could easily be built as SMP compatible
    > without any real performance hit on the system. If there is a
    > performance hit, the developer can build both SMP and UP versions of
    > the modules.

    And for large memory, and not. And for i386, i486, i586 and i686. And so
    on. Get real.
    Horst von Brand
    Casilla 9G, Viña del Mar, Chile +56 32 672616

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