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SubjectRe: Patch(?): linux-2.4.0-test11-pre4/drivers/sound/yss225.c compilefailure
"Adam J. Richter" wrote:
> If a programmer errs in favor of __devinit, the result is
> extra memory consumption under CONFIG_HOTPLUG. If a programmer
> errs in favor of __init, the result is a crash during hot p
> ug insertion. Avoiding crashes at the expensive of a pretty small
> amount of memory usage is the more "conservative" way to err.

You suggest avoiding correctness in order to protect against dumb
programmers. That path leads to Windows.

> >Otherwise, you rob CONFIG_HOTPLUG people of some memory that could
> >otherwise be freed at boot. And the number of CONFIG_HOTPLUG people is
> >not small, it includes not only the CardBus users but USB users too...
> We have been discussing this on linux-devel-usb. The
> latest patches submitted to Linus and in 2.4.0-test10-pre{3,4}
> support USB hot plugging regardless of whether CONFIG_HOTPLUG is
> specified.
> bash% find linux-2.4.0-test11-pre4/drivers/usb -type f | xargs egrep HOTPLUG

Read the code. test11-pre[34] was broken due to my recent
CONFIG_KMOD/CONFIG_HOTPLUG separation, and should have had
CONFIG_HOTPLUG. test11-pre5 has CONFIG_HOTPLUG. As it should.

> Having USB hot plugging without needing to build in PCI
> hot plugging is useful,

Of course. But CONFIG_HOTPLUG does not mean PCI hotplugging. It means
any hotplug support in the kernel. That is why __devinit exists and is
used in a generic fashion.

> After 2.4.0, [...] we may
> want to explore adding __usbdevinit{,data} defines in include/linux/init.h
> that would be controlled by a new CONFIG_USB_HOTPLUG option, as in
> the patches that I posted for this to linux-usb-devel.

This is not just a USB issue. Please discuss this on linux-kernel, so
we can have a coherent hotplug strategy for the entire kernel.

If we are going to create CONFIG_USB_HOTPLUG, we must -eliminate-
CONFIG_ANOTHERBUS_HOTPLUG and so on, for each hotplug bus.


Jeff Garzik |
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