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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: fix find_next_bit breakage on ppc and powerpc
    On Thu, 17 Apr 2008 08:55:12 +1000, "Paul Mackerras" <>
    > Ingo Molnar writes:
    > >
    > > * Alexander van Heukelum <> wrote:
    > >
    > > > Powerpc (and ppc) have their have some code in their bitops.h which
    > > > used to be exacly the same as asm-generic/bitops/find.h. Include this
    > > > header instead.
    > > >
    > > > This should also fix the compile problems due to the generic
    > > > find_next_bit changes. Those were fixed by Thomas Gleixner in
    > > > asm-generic/bitops/find.h earlier.
    > > >
    > > > Signed-off-by: Alexander van Heukelum <>
    > >
    > > thanks, applied. I dropped:
    > Why are powerpc (and ppc) patches
    > - not being sent to the powerpc maintainer (me)
    > - not being cc'd to the list
    > - ending up going through the x86 tree?


    My apologies for that. The patches that are now in x86#testing were
    needed because of changes I introduced. Thomas Gleixner found a
    problem with the patches that caused compile problems for basically
    all archs with GENERIC_FIND_NEXT_BIT=y, and his fix was to change
    asm-generic/bitops/find.h. However, ppc and powerpc did things
    differently... (x86 too, but they have special permissions ;) )

    (Better late than never) Please consider applying the patch in

    [PATCH] powerpc: use asm-generic/bitops/find.h in bitops.h

    Powerpc (and ppc) have some code in their bitops.h that is
    exacly the same as asm-generic/bitops/find.h. Include this
    header instead of the private implementation.

    > How come patches to unify x86_32 and x86_64 bitops need to end up
    > touching powerpc?

    This was not a pure unification. Originally I wanted to convert
    both x86_64 and i386 to the existing generic bitops. Andi Kleen,
    however, objected because x86_64 would than lose a certain
    optimization for small bitmaps. I moved this optimization to
    the generic code, and broke non-x86. Everyone except ppc/powerpc
    was fixed by Thomas Gleixner (in a generic header file). just changes ppc/powerpc in
    such a way that Thomas' fix works there too.


    > Paul.
    Alexander van Heukelum

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