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SubjectRe: [PATCH] cpumask 5/10 rewrite cpumask.h - single bitmap based implementation
Rusty wrote:
>> Yes, NR_CPUS needs to get to userspace somehow sanely if we want to fix
>> this in general.

On Sun, Jun 06, 2004 at 05:16:57AM -0700, Paul Jackson wrote:
> Are you saying that NR_CPUS is needed, or just the number of longs in a
> cpumask (sizeof (cpumask_t), essentially)?
> I can see where the size is needed, in order to make the system calls to
> set and get masks of arbitrary size. Since these sizes are a multiple
> of sizeof(long), at a minimum this means user code needs to know the
> number of longs in a mask. Though the number of bytes, as in
> sizeof(cpumask_t), rather than of longs, is perhaps a less surprising
> interface.
> I can't see where the user code cares whether NR_CPUS is 47 or 48?
> Am I missing something?
> I am a firm believer in passing the minimum essential information across
> major boundaries. Passing too much creates maintaince problems, and
> encourages misuse of information, resulting in bogus user code.

You've been told, and several times already. The current example is
userspace needing to know when to stop trying to online cpus.

-- wli
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