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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/18] Make common x86 arch area for i386 and x86_64 - Take 2
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On Wed, 2007-03-14 at 14:41 +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:

> hm. Do you have any numbers handy - what is the end-result of your
> unification work, how many lines of code were unified, compared to the
> total body of code in i386 and x86_64?

Well, I wasn't combining code that wasn't already combined :)

Just moving code that was referenced by another arch to a common
directory that showed the code is shared.

So, I moved a total of 44 files that were shared. Some of these were in
places where a full directory was shared (the mtrr code). And this
doesn't count the Makefiles and Kconfig files that were also modified.

There were only three files with the
#include "../../<arch>/<path-to-file>" code.
These three where early_printk.c, tsc_sync.c and msr-on-cpu.c.
The rest is referenced by the Makefiles. This still doesn't make it easy
to find functions via TAGS or search scripts.

If you looked at the 18/18 patch, it has a list of the moved files, with
the exception of the speedstep-lib.h, which was moved in it's own file,
and those that referenced that header.


> symbolic links perhaps? In that case i'd also introduce a common naming
> scheme: x86_early_printk.c - to make sure we know it right away that
> those files are bi-arch.

Does the Linux code tree already support sym links? IOW, are there
already sym links in the code tree? (/me probably should just look ;)

So should we have an effort to label the shared code that's already
shared. As Andi stated, he doesn't like "large scale" renaming since
that doesn't "fix a single bug", and will only "just cause pain".
Although I disagree if in the long run it will make it easier to work
with. Once one knows about the crazy linking going on then it's not
much of a problem, but what about all those that will have to go through
this learning curve.

The problem I have with the current approach is that it just isn't
clean. Yes it "works", but it still is a hack. And if I do need to
write code that will be shared among the two archs (still don't know for
sure if this will be the case), I would like to have a clean method in
doing it. I don't care what the final solution is, as long as it is
clean and not a hack.

-- Steve


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