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SubjectRe: [patch 1/8] Immediate Values - Global Modules List and Module Mutex
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On Sat, 2007-09-08 at 11:28 +0400, Alexey Dobriyan wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 06, 2007 at 04:02:29PM -0400, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> > Remove "static" from module_mutex and the modules list so it can be used by
> > other builtin objects in the kernel. Otherwise, every code depending on the
> > module list would have to be put in kernel/module.c. Since the immediate values
> > depends on the module list but can be considered as logically different, it
> > makes sense to implement them in their own file.

If I understand this code correctly, then changing immediate values
needs some exclusion to avoid patching live code. You leave this to the
user with some very unclear rules.

The result is a real mess that has nothing to do with the module mutex
and list. These patches need a lot more work 8(

1) The immediate types are just kind of silly. See per-cpu for how it
handles this already. DECLARE_IMMEDIATE(type, var) is probably enough.

2) immediate_if() needs an implementation before you introduce it. Your
assumption that it's always unlikely seems non-orthogonal.

3) immediate_set(), _immediate_set() and immediate_set_early()? No
thanks! AFAICT you really want an "init_immediate(var, val)". This
means "you can patch all the references now, they're not executing".
Later on we could possibly have a super-stop-machine version which
ensures noone's preempted and handles the concurrent case. Maybe.

4) With an "init" interface not a "set" interface, you don't need
locking. Simpler.

Hope that helps,
Rusty.


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