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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1 of 3] Introduce __memcpy_toio32
On Fri, Dec 30, 2005 at 04:23:46PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > > Where's the problem with the __HAVE_ARCH_* mechanism?
> And no, I don't like the __HAVE_ARCH_xxx mechanisms at all. They are
> pointless, and hard to follow. If an architecture wants to use a generic
> mechanism, it should do one of the following (or a combination):
> - use the config file mechanism, and use
> obj-$(CONFIG_GENERIC_FOO) += generic-foo.c
> in a Makefile to link in the generic version.
> - just include the generic header from its own header, eg just do a
> #include <asm-generic/div64.h>
> or similar.
> Now, the latter in particular is very easy to follow: if you look into the
> <asm/div64.h> file and see that it just includes <asm-generic/div64.h>,
> it's very obvious what is going on and where to find the real
> implementation. You never have to wonder what the indirection means.
> Now, the CONFIG_GENERIC_FOO thing is a bit less obvious, and you may have
> to know about that config option in order to realize that a particular
> architecture is using a generic library routine, but at least with those
> Kconfig options, the language to describe them is clean these days, and
> it's _the_ standard way to express configuration information. So it may be
> a bit subtler and more indirect, but once you get used to it, it too is
> very clean.

OK, this I don't have any problem with.

I'm not yet fully convinced that __HAVE_ARCH_xxx is really that bad, but
your proposed solution doesn't have the problems I had in mind.

What is OK:
obj-$(CONFIG_GENERIC_FOO) += generic-foo.o

What is not OK:
lib-y += generic-foo.o

The latter has the following disadvantages:
- it's non-obvious whether the object actually gets included in the
- if the contents of generic-foo.o is only used in modules,
generic-foo.o is _not_ included in the kernel resulting in an
obvious breakage

> Linus



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