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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86/fpu: allow kernel_fpu_{begin,end} to be used by non-GPL modules
On Wed, May 22, 2019 at 02:42:04PM +1000, Aleksa Sarai wrote:
> Prior to [1], all non-GPL modules were able to make use of SIMD on x86
> by making use of the __kernel_fpu_* API. Given that __kernel_fpu_* were
> both EXPORT_SYMBOL'd and kernel_fpu_* are such trivial wrappers around
> the now-static __kernel_fpu_*, it seems to me that there is no reason to
> have different licensing rules for them.
>
> In the case of OpenZFS, the lack of SIMD on newer Linux kernels has
> caused significant performance problems (since ZFS uses SIMD for
> calculation of blkptr checksums as well as raidz calculations).
>
> [1]: commit 12209993e98c ("x86/fpu: Don't export __kernel_fpu_{begin,end}()")
>
> Cc: "Jason A. Donenfeld" <Jason@zx2c4.com>
> Signed-off-by: Aleksa Sarai <cyphar@cyphar.com>
> ---
> arch/x86/kernel/fpu/core.c | 4 ++--
> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/fpu/core.c b/arch/x86/kernel/fpu/core.c
> index 2e5003fef51a..8de5687a470d 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/fpu/core.c
> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/fpu/core.c
> @@ -127,14 +127,14 @@ void kernel_fpu_begin(void)
> preempt_disable();
> __kernel_fpu_begin();
> }
> -EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(kernel_fpu_begin);
> +EXPORT_SYMBOL(kernel_fpu_begin);
>
> void kernel_fpu_end(void)
> {
> __kernel_fpu_end();
> preempt_enable();
> }
> -EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(kernel_fpu_end);
> +EXPORT_SYMBOL(kernel_fpu_end);

No, please, we have gone over this before, we do not care at all about
external kernel modules, ESPECIALLY ones that are not GPL compatible.

greg k-h

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