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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] powerpc: Fix minor build issues on 2.6.32-rc7 without CONFIG_XICS set
On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 11:39:04PM +1100, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-11-17 at 12:07 +0000, Mel Gorman wrote:
> > KConfig doesn't require CONFIG_XICS to be set with CONFIG_PSERIES but if
> > it's not set, there are numerous small build errors. This is a small series
> > of patches to allow CONFIG_XICS to be unset in the config.
> >
> > XICS appears to be some sort of interrupt controller but I'm not sure how
> > common it is on systems that require CONFIG_PSERIES. If CONFIG_PSERIES
> > universally requires CONFIG_XICS, the better path might be to force it to
> > be set.
> It is indeed 'some sort of interrupt controller' :)
> All the virtualised PSERIES systems have, or appear to have, a XICS. So
> it's pretty common.
> I think the only time you see an MPIC is on older machines, and even
> then maybe only if you're running bare metal.
> So it is pretty much required for a PSERIES kernel, but perhaps there
> are cases where the BML guys want to be able to turn it off.

Do you want to take ownership of the series as I'm a bit unclear on how
and when XICS should be used? If not, I don't mind fixing the series up
as you suggested but I wouldn't be in the best position to determine if
the final result is sensible or not.

Mel Gorman
Part-time Phd Student Linux Technology Center
University of Limerick IBM Dublin Software Lab

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