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SubjectRe: New commandline parsing framework

This sounds pretty cool, do you have the patch available?


On Sun, Mar 17, 2002 at 10:17:16AM -0800, Jeremy Jackson wrote:
> Hi linux-kernel,
> In looking through the IDE hotswap support (2.5.6), it occurred to me that
> having a static array big enough to hold all possibly interfaces, is,
> um, inelegant, when you start adding and removing devices. This is common
> with many things.
> Looking furthur, I see that this is because the structures must
> exist when the command line is parsed, and that's done ahead
> of the IDE module's init, before kmalloc is available.
> __setup("",ide_setup); is called by __parse_options() in main.c by
> start_kernel()
> Of course the mm subsys needs access to cmdline args. But *most* other
> sys don't. So they shouldn't *have* to be able to parse here. Forcing them
> to means they must use fixed sized arrays in bss segment, not kmalloc et al.
> I have almost completed a patch which moves the IDE module's cmdline
> parsing into the module's init routine, allowing the hwif structure to
> become an linked list of hwif_t structures, kmalloced or slab
> construced/freed as needed. It simply copies the options it's given into an
> __initdata
> buffer, delaying parsing them until ide.c:init_ata(). Of course it could
> just
> use the saved_command_line[], as could everyone.
> Question: are there any problems with using this approach in general?
> * extra pointer derefrence (linked list vs static array indexing)
> performance issue?
> Perks:
> * slab cache constructor could fill in what's currently initialized data
> * backwards compatibility is easy to provide
> * may be incrementally/optionally adopted in drivers in kernel tree and
> outside
> * old interface may be removed easily at some time in future
> * drivers can unify boot cmdline and module load options parsing,
> reducing complexity and code size
> * eases removal of legacy support (ie don't probe, just use PCI config
> data and allocate one hwif for each one found)
> * each subsys is more self-contained. cleaner code.
> I propose to create a patch which makes main.c:checksetup() more of a
> library function, with __setup being used only by subsystems that
> require
> command line parsing at the current early point. Others can call
> checksetup(saved_command_line, __setup-like-list-of-my-argnames);
> in their main init routine. the /sbin/init env/arg construction could
> be
> delayed until the init thread is started.
> things like serial driver (when serial console support is selected)
> could simply start their linked list with one statically allocated,
> and add others in later, so they can still be initialized early on.
> I think I've figured out the side effects but I'm looking for some more
> experienced advice.
> Thanks,
> Jeremy
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