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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] dynticks - implement no idle hz for x86
On Sat, Sep 03, 2005 at 04:13:10PM +1000, Con Kolivas wrote:
> Noone's ignoring you.
> What we need to do is ensure that dynamic ticks is working properly on x86 and
> worth including before anything else. If and when we confirm this it makes
> sense only then to try and merge code from the other 2 architectures to as
> much common code as possible as no doubt we'll be modifying other
> architectures we're less familiar with. At that stage we will definitely want
> to tread even more cautiously at that stage.

dyntick has all the hallmarks of ending up another mess just like the
"generic" (hahaha) irq stuff in kernel/irq - it's being developed in
precisely the same way - by ignore non-x86 stuff.

I can well see that someone will say "ok, this is ready, merge it"
at which point we then end up with multiple differing userspace
methods of controlling it depending on the architecture, but
multiple differing kernel interfaces as well.

Indeed, you seem to be at the point where you'd like akpm to merge
it. That sets alarm bells ringing if you haven't considered these

I want to avoid that. Just because a couple of people say "we'll
deal with that later" it's no guarantee that it _will_ happen. I
want to ensure that ARM doesn't get fscked over again like it did
with the generic IRQ crap.

Russell King
Linux kernel 2.6 ARM Linux -
maintainer of: 2.6 Serial core
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