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SubjectRe: Circular dependency between <linux/kernel.h> and <asm/bug.h> on ARM
On Sun, Jan 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM, Ben Hutchings <> wrote:
> Commit 87e040b6456fd3416a1f6831c1eedaef5c0a94ff ("ARM: 7017/1: Use
> generic BUG() handler") makes BUG() use BUILD_BUG_ON().  However,
> BUILD_BUG_ON() is not defined in <linux/bug.h> but in <linux/kernel.h>.
> arch/include/asm/bug.h does not include <linux/kernel.h> and *cannot* do
> so because the latter already includes <asm/bug.h>.

Sure it can, but it's not ideal. Since the BUILD_BUG_ON is only used
in bug.h in a #define, it will be resolved below the includes of
either so there should be no ordering issue between the two.

I coincidentally posted a patch earlier to do just that, I didn't see
your email until later.

> Maybe BUILD_BUG_ON() should be moved out to a header of its own, or else
> this particular use should be moved to some other file.  This needs to
> be fixed somehow, as it obviously leads to build failures, e.g.:

Or perhaps moving BUILD_BUG_ON to include/linux/bug.h?

The quickest fix for now might be to take out the BUILD_BUG_ON(),
especially so close to 3.2-final.

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