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SubjectRe: [PATCH] create /proc/all-interrupts
On Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 12:32:06PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Jul 2007 10:33:17 -0700
> Sven-Thorsten Dietrich <sdietrich@novell.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, 2007-07-26 at 11:56 -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> > > Joe Korty wrote:
> > > > Create /proc/all-interrupts for some architectures.

> > Would it make sense to drop this patch into -mm for feedback?
> >
>
> It's a lot of code for something which might be useful to someone sometime.
>
> It's a bit of a crappy changelog too. I'd at least like to see a list of
> all the new fields.
>
> It should be OK to add new lines to /proc/interrupts? That file varies a
> lot between machines adn between architectures - as long as the new lines
> have similar layout it is unlikely that anything will break.
>
> + atomic_inc(&__get_cpu_var(irq_thermal_counts));
>
> The patch does atomic ops on cpu-local variables. This isn't needed, and
> is expensive.
>
> If the field is only ever modified from hard interrupt context then you can
> make the field unsigned long and use plain old `foo++'.
>
> If the field is modified from both hard-IRQ and from non-IRQ then use a
> local_t and local_inc.
>
> Or even, given that this is just a statistic and grrat precision is not
> needed, use unsigned long and f++ even if that _is_ racy. Because the
> consequences of a race will just be a single lost count, which we dont'
> care about enough to add the additional overhead of an atomic op.

Hi Andrew,
Thanks for the comments. I'll, at least, make the changes you suggested.

(the /proc/interrupts version has the benefit of being smaller too).

Joe

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