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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 0/2] PF_flags cleaups
On Mon, 2010-09-20 at 08:40 -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 8:13 AM, Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
> > Because we recently ran out of PF_flags, try and clean up.
> >
> > Patches are on top of -tip, which already includes the PF_ALIGNWARN
> > removal.
> Looks ok by me conceptually, but I _really_ hate the naming of that
> second patch and the pointless churn.

> and look how much straightforward it would have been had you just kept
> the same simple semantics with just a new field:
> - new_flags &= ~(PF_SUPERPRIV | PF_WQ_WORKER);
> + new_type &= ~(TT_SUPERPRIV | TT_WQ_WORKER);
> and nobody could possibly have any objections to a straightforward
> "move the task type flags into a separate field" patch.

Sure, can do. Like said, my initial approach was to compress these type
bits into fewer bits by converting all these individual bits (PF_KSWAPD,
PF_WQ_WORKER, etc) into a linear range which spans less bits.

But indeed, if we're OK with adding a new field (which is I think the
biggest question, and your reply seems imply you don't mind at all),
then keeping the old structure and moving them over to a new field will
generate a much saner patch.

(I only left the helper functions in in case people would object to
adding another field and we'd need to really compress bits again).

One point though, I noticed we actually expose p->flags to userspace,
which basically makes PF_flags an ABI, do we care?

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