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SubjectRe: [RFC/PULL 00/11] introduce export.h; reduce module.h usage
[Re: [RFC/PULL 00/11] introduce export.h; reduce module.h usage] On 28/07/2011 (Thu 06:19) Linus Torvalds wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 10:16 PM, Paul Gortmaker
> <paul.gortmaker@windriver.com> wrote:
> >
> > For all 160 commits, the branch "module.h-split", available here:
> >
> >        git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/paulg/linux.git
> >
> > has the complete content.  I've put the header changes after all the
> > patches from the top 5 categories, so that people bisecting non related
> > issues at a later date don't get hit with a commit zone with build failures.
>
> Ok, sounds good. Two questions:
>
> - how much testing (randconfig? different architectures?) has this gotten?

I built allyeconfigs for arm, mips, powerpc, sparc, x86, x86-64.
Originally I was working on a v3.0-rc7 baseline, but after looking
at the new implicit module.h usages added since then, it was apparent
that I should update the baseline.

So I've re-run the multi-arch allyesconfigs to catch those new ones,
but with fallout from completely non related stuff, the allyesconfigs
on the non x86 variants don't build as far on the new v3.0-5684-ge371d46
baseline as they did on the 3.0-rc7 (to be expected in a tree leading up
to an rc1 release).

>
> - how much does this actually improve compile times (for a "normal"
> build or a "allmodconfig" one)?

Let me run some "real world" use cases and get back to you in a couple
of hours with that. But Ingo's testing on a much earlier snapshot was
showing roughly a couple percent. ( https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/5/28/60 )

> It certainly sounds like the RightThing(tm) to do, but I'd like to
> know that there is real actual improvements to build times and that
> the pain won't be too bad...

Yes, I've spent a lot of time fixing as many implicit users (thousands)
to try and minimize the pain here. But I'd be a fool to think I have
them all fixed in the less mainstream architectures (alpha, sh, etc.)

And I know mips and arm have quite a few files that are platform specific
in mach-* and plat-* and they might not all get coverage via allyesconfig.
That is one place where I can think of that I am going to expand even
more testing into today. Adding it to linux-next can't hurt either.

Thanks,
Paul.

>
> Linus
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