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SubjectRe: [PATCH] lib/atomic64_test: do not build on non-atomic64 systems
On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 16:31, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:14:49 -0400 Mike Frysinger wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 19:24, Andrew Morton wrote:
>> > On Thu, 21 Oct 2010 19:04:36 -0400 Mike Frysinger wrote:
>> >> you can say "lazy" all you like. __i dont see the point in going that route.
>> >
>> > Try
>> >
>> > __ __ __ __grep HAVE arch/x86/Kconfig
>> >
>> > If all of those were instead to use some random #define which the
>> > particular feature happened to define in some header file then we would
>> > have a mess on our hands.
>> fun times.  new tact.
>> Luca: your new atomic64_t test build fails on all arches that lack
>> atomic64_t.  please fix.
> That's only part of the problem.  The following won't build also:
> net/rds

not true. that code base is already using my suggestion:
#ifdef ATOMIC64_INIT

but this isnt a matter of "use atomic64_t or atomic_t" ... this code
manually takes care of doing a spinlock around a u64 member. i
imagine if you'd notice this before it was merged you'd have made them
fix this cleanly.

> kernel/perf_event.c

also not true -- this requires arches to opt in to HAVE_PERF_EVENTS
and only arches which have validated it works (i.e. they have
atomic64) have done that

> drivers/staging/octeon

not an issue -- this depends on CPU_CAVIUM_OCTEON which is only
provided by mips which provides atomic64

> drivers/infiniband/hw

the only code usage of atomic64 is in code that already depends on the
Kconfig symbol 64BIT

as for why it depends on this, i dont know ... maybe it's because of atomic64_t

> Or, much better, we implement atomic64 on the offending architectures.

i dont want to give people the impression that 64 atomics are free to
use if in reality they're pretty expensive. on a Blackfin system, i'd
need to implement every access with basically a spinlock.

> with more to come. These things should be made dependent upon
> CONFIG_HAVE_ATOMIC64 in Kconfig. (Can't use #ifdef ATOMIC64_INIT for this!)

these are actually compelling arguments unlike the original one. even
if all these examples ended up not really being true (only the new
atomic64_t test code is available to build on arches that lack
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