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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mtd: dc21285.c: remove double check of CONFIG_ARCH_NETWINDER
On Tue, 2012-05-29 at 12:06 +0200, Christian Dietrich wrote:
> When CONFIG_ARCH_NETWINDER is unset nw_en_write is a NOP. But
> machine_is_netwinder() also checks for
> CONFIG_ARCH_NETWINDER. Therefore in the !netwinder case the
> preprocessed code is:
> if (0)
> do {} while(0);

It's not a double check. It's a compile time check for "do we even need
to build this code at all?", and a separate run time check for "do we
need to run this code now?".

Think about the case where CONFIG_ARCH_NETWINDER is set, but you aren't
actually running this kernel binary on a netwinder *today*.

Yes, we might not support multi-platform kernels on ARM yet, but we are
slowly getting there. This kind of change just makes that harder.

And even if the machine_is_netwinder() "function" is *currently* a macro
which is hard-coded to return one or zero, that just means that your
change achieves nothing in the compiler output. It'll be silently
optimised away, or not, as appropriate.

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