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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] Add struct crypto_alg->cra_check_optimized for crc32c_intel
On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 02:05:17AM -0800, Nicholas A. Bellinger wrote:
> We are still expecting the libcrypto consumer (iscsi_target_mod.ko) to
> call the arch independent crypto_alloc_hash("crc32c", ...) in order to
> have libcrypto backend logic perform a request_module() upon
> architecture dependent offload modules (like crc32c_intel.ko) that
> libcrypto consumers are not (and should not) be calling directly via
> crypto_alloc_host("crc32c_intel", ...), correct..?


> Where I am getting confused is wrt to a new crypto_alg_mod_lookup() ->
> request_module() call for a struct shash_alg that has not yet be loaded
> via arch/x86/crypto/crc32c-intel.c:crc32c_intel_mod_init() ->
> crypto_register_shash().

If you look at crypto_alg_mod_lookup, basically there are two paths.
Either we already have a registered algorithm of the requested name,
or we don't.

In the first case, we won't invoke request_module and in the second
case we will.

So what I'm suggesting is that in the first case we also invoke
request_module conditionally. Now exactly what that condition is
is the tricky bit.

The easiest is to flip a bit in the algorithm we just found. This
isn't optimal as it'll mean that for each unregistered algorithm
we'll end up modprobing twice, but that shouldn't be too bad I

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