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SubjectRe: Circular dependency between <linux/kernel.h> and <asm/bug.h> on ARM
On Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM, Russell King - ARM Linux
<> wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 01, 2012 at 11:01:27PM -0800, Olof Johansson wrote:
>> 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 disagree - we should not be creating circular dependencies.  This
> creates a mess, and uncertain results.  For instance, if we include
> linux/bug.h or asm/bug.h before linux/kernel.h has been included,
> then we end up with linux/kernel.h being parsed without a definition
> for BUG_ON().
> However, if linux/kernel.h is included first, we start parsing that,
> include asm/bug.h, asm/bug.h then includes linux/kernel.h which produces
> an empty file, and then we continue parsing asm/bug.h _without_
> BUILD_BUG_ON() defined.
> So, adding linux/kernel.h does _not_ solve the problem.  It solves the
> problem for _some_ cases only.
>> > 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?
> and change linux/kernel.h to include linux/bug.h rather than asm/bug.h.

Actually, kernel.h doesn't need to include any variant of bug.h at all.

I started on cleaning this up a few weeks back, but didn't have the time
to get it ready for 3.3 -- so my intent is to do so for linux-next that will
be the 3.4 release. The Work In Progress can be seen here:;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/bug.h-cleanup-WIP

I only mention it here since I'd hate to see anyone waste time on
duplicating work that is already done.



>> The quickest fix for now might be to take out the BUILD_BUG_ON(),
>> especially so close to 3.2-final.
> I think just remove the BUILD_BUG_ON.  Other architectures have done
> without it, so I see no reason we can't do as well.
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