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SubjectRe: [PATCH, RAW] IRQ: Maintain irq number globally rather than passing to IRQ handlers
Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Fri, 6 Oct 2006, Jeff Garzik wrote:
>> Here is the raw, un-split-up first pass of the irq argument removal patch
>> (500K):
> So I'm not at all as sure about this as about the "regs" stuff.
> The "regs" value has always been controversial. It's pretty much always
> existed (due to the keyboard hander and the magic debugging keysequences),
> and anybody who looks at 0.01 will quickly realize that the keyboard
> driver was one of the very first drivers (I think it's even written in
> assembly at that point: originally _all_ of what was to become Linux was
> pure asm, the whole "oh, cool, I could write this part in C" came later).
> But it's been pretty much a special case since day #1, purely for that
> "press a key to see where the h*ck we hung" case.

Chuckle :)

> In contrast, the irq argument itself is really no different from the
> cookie we pass in on registration - it's just passing it back to the
> driver that requested the thing. So unlike "regs", there's not really
> anything strange about it, and there's nothing really "wrong" with having
> it there.

It doesn't have the colorful history of pt_regs, but the 'irq' argument
is dead weight. I'd say the wrongness stems from its utter uselessness.

Out of ~1100 irq handlers, the irq parameter is used in ~50. The vast
majority of those 50 uses are debug printks, or abused as a "did I call
myself?" internal driver flag. The number of "real" uses is under 15,
and those are all ancient ISA or platform drivers that pre-date my ~10
year history with Linux.

So, I don't see any convincing argument to keep it. And if we are going
to kill it, given the pt_regs churn, this is probably the best
opportunity we'll have in years.

Another weak-but-still-present argument in favor of killing it is that
this change would IMO future-proof irq handlers, against more exotic irq
handling methods that may come down the pipe.


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