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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/5] x86_64 EFI support -v3
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"Huang, Ying" <ying.huang@intel.com> writes:

> On Mon, 2007-07-30 at 22:16 -0600, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> "Huang, Ying" <ying.huang@intel.com> writes:
>> > - The variable efi_enabled is used throughout across architecutres if
>> > CONFIG_EFI option is enabled. The i386 code also uses this variable.
>> > This is something that can be revisited with code consolidation
>> > across architectures.
>>
>> Fix it first. arch/i386/ efi support is horrible, and show what happens
>> when things are not done properly the first time. Later doesn't happen.
>> With the partvirt logic we have a lot of operations properly split out
>> already. Figure out how to use them.
>
> What do you suggest to use instead of efi_enabled?
>
> Current method is (efi_enabled based):
>
> (1) Encapsulate EFI based implementation and legacy BIOS based
> implementation into separate functions.
> (2) Define a wrapper function for each interface in (1), efi_enabled is
> used to choose implementation between EFI and legacy BIOS.
>
> Another possible method is (function pointer based):

Exactly. Which is what everything else in the kernel does and is
extensible.

> 1. Encapsulate EFI based implementation and legacy BIOS based
> implementation into separate functions.

> 2. Define a function pointer for each interface in (1), the function
> pointer is set to legacy BIOS based implementation by default and
> changed to EFI based implementation if appropriate.
>
> Because there are only two possible choice, I think the function pointer
> based method has no big advantages over the efi_enabled based method.

Not at all every hypervisor does these things differently as well,
so in the real world there are a lot of choices.

Eric
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