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SubjectRe: [PATCH] convert parisc to sparsemem (was Re: [PATCH v3] mm: make expand_downwards symmetrical to expand_upwards)
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Hi James,

% make CROSS_COMPILE=hppa64-linux- ARCH=parisc
CHK include/linux/version.h
CHK include/generated/utsrelease.h
CC arch/parisc/kernel/asm-offsets.s
In file included from include/linux/topology.h:32:0,
from include/linux/sched.h:78,
from arch/parisc/kernel/asm-offsets.c:31:
include/linux/mmzone.h:916:27: fatal error: asm/sparsemem.h: No such file or directory

Parhaps, you forgot to quilt add?


> This is the preliminary conversion. It's very nasty on parisc because
> the memory allocation isn't symmetric anymore: under DISCONTIGMEM, we
> push all memory into bootmem and then let free_all_bootmem() do the
> magic for us; now we have to do separate initialisations for ranges
> because SPARSEMEM can't do multi-range boot memory. It's also got the
> horrible hack that I only use the first found range for bootmem. I'm
> not sure if this is correct (it won't be if the first found range can be
> under about 50MB because we'll run out of bootmem during boot) ... we
> might have to sort the ranges and use the larges, but that will involve
> us in even more hackery around the bootmem reservations code.
>
> The boot sequence got a few seconds slower because now all of the loops
> over our pfn ranges actually have to skip through the holes (which takes
> time for 64GB).
>
> All in all, I've not been very impressed with SPARSEMEM over
> DISCONTIGMEM. It seems to have a lot of rough edges (necessitating
> exception code) which DISCONTIGMEM just copes with.
>
> And before you say the code is smaller, that's because I converted us to
> generic show_mem().

Cool! I hoped to remove arch specific show_mem() long time.


And, nitpick comment.

Could you please use #ifdef CONFIG_FLAGMEM instead #ifndef CONFIG_SPARSEMEM?
MM gyes parse '#ifndef CONFIG_SPARSEMEM' as valid-both-flatmem-and-discontigmem.
but this code isn't.

If my quick grep is correct, all of your #ifndef SPARSEMEM can be converted
#ifdef FALTMEM.






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