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SubjectRe: [RFC] remove implicit slab.h inclusion from percpu.h
Hello, Ingo.

On 03/16/2010 03:17 PM, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> ( /me mumbles something about not having a patch in the email to review and
> pulling the tree. 200k patch is just fine for lkml - i've attached it below
> for easier review. percpu.h and percpu.c has the meat of the changes. )

I wanted to keep the discussion high level while giving a general idea
about the extent of necessary changes. I'll include the patch from
now on.

> i like the dependency reduction. Noticed one small detail:
> this new 2000-lines #ifdef block percpu.c:
> +#ifdef CONFIG_SMP
> +#else /* CONFIG_SMP */
> +#endif /* CONFIG_SMP */
> feels a bit lame. A separate percpu_up.c file would be nicer i suppose?


> Also, why should we make this opt-in and expose a wide range of configs to
> build breakages? A more gradual approach would be to write a simple script
> that adds a slab.h include to all .c's that include percpu.h, directly or
> indirectly.
> You can map the pattern experimentally: the insertion pattern could be built
> from the x86 allmodconfig build you did [i.e. extend the pattern until you
> make it build on allmodconfig] - that would cover most cases in practice (not
> just allmodconfig) - and would cover most architectures as well.

I don't really get the 'experimental' part but if I count all the
files which ends up including percpu.h directly or indirectly on
allmodconfig it ends up including much more .c files than necessasry -
11203 to be exact, ~20 times more than necessary. Inclusions from .c
files definitely are much less troublesome so the situation would be
better than now but we'll still end up with a LOT of bogus inclusions
without any good way to eventually remove them.

Maybe a better way is to grab for slab API usages in .c files which
don't have slab.h inclusion. If breaking the dependency is the way to
go, I can definitely write up some scripts and do test builds on some
archs. There sure will be some fallouts but I think it won't be too



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