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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] "Fast Kernel Headers" Tree -v2
On Sat, Jan 8, 2022 at 5:26 PM Ingo Molnar <> wrote:
> I'm pleased to announce -v2 of the "Fast Kernel Headers" tree, which is a
> comprehensive rework of the Linux kernel's header hierarchy & header
> dependencies, with the dual goals of:
> - speeding up the kernel build (both absolute and incremental build times)
> - decoupling subsystem type & API definitions from each other
> The fast-headers tree consists of over 25 sub-trees internally, spanning
> over 2,300 commits, which can be found at:
> git:// master
> # HEAD: 391ce485ced0 headers/deps: Introduce the CONFIG_FAST_HEADERS=y config option

I've started reading through it at last. I can't say that I'm
reviewing every patch, but
at least (almost all) the things I've looked at so far all seem really
nice to me, mostly
this is the same that I was planning to do as well, some things I
would have done
differently but I'm not complaining as you did the work, and some things seem
unnecessary but might not be.

I've started building randconfig kernels for arm64 and x86, and fixing
up things that come up,
a few things I have noticed out so far:

* 2e98ec93d465 ("headers/prep: Rename constants: SOCK_DESTROY =>

This one looks wrong, as you are changing a uapi header, possibly
breaking applications
at compile time. I think the other one should be renamed instead.

* 04293522a8cb ("headers/deps: ipc/shm: Move the 'struct shmid_ds'
definition to ipc/shm.c")
and related patches

Similarly, the IPC structures are uapi headers that I would not
change here for the same reasons.
Even if nothing uses those any more with modern libc
implementations, the structures belong into
uapi, unless we can prove that the old-style sysvipc interface is
completely unused and we
remove the implementation from the kernel as well (I don't think we
want that, but I have not
looked in depth at when it was last used by a libc)

* changing any include/uapi headers to use "#include <uapi/linux/*.h>"
is broken because
that makes the headers unusable from userspace, including any of
tools/*/. I think we
can work around this in the postprocessing step
though, where we already
do unifdef etc.

* For all the header additions to .c files, I assume you are using a
set of script, so these could
probably be changed without much trouble. I would suggest applying
them in sequence so
the headers remain sorted alphabetically in the end. It would
probably make sense to
squash those all together to avoid patching certain files many
times over, for the sake
of keeping a slightly saner git history.

* The per-task stuff sounded a bit scary from your descriptions but
looking at the actual
implementation I now get it, this looks like a really nice way of doing it.

* I think it would be good to keep the include/linux/syscalls_api.h declarations
in the same header as the SYSCALL_DEFINE*() macros, to ensure that the
prototypes remain synchronized. Splitting them out will likely also
cause sparse
warnings for missing prototypes (or maybe it should but doesn't at
the moment).

* include/linux/time64_types.h is not a good name, as these are now
the default types
after we removed the time32 versions. I'd either rename it to
or split it up between linux/types.h and linux/ktime_types.h

* arm64 needs a couple of minor fixups, see for what
I have so far, feel free to integrate any things that directly make sense.


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