[PATCH 09/10] MCDE: Add build files and bus

Russell King - ARM Linux linux at arm.linux.org.uk
Tue Nov 30 14:05:50 PST 2010

On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:48:34AM -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 06:40:49PM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > There's lots of static devices, not only platform devices, in the ARM
> > tree.  It's going to be a hell of a lot of work to fix this all up
> > properly.
> I agree, it's been abused for many years this way :(

I don't agree that it is abuse - it was something explicitly allowed by
the original device model design by Patrick, with the condition that
such a device was never unregistered.  That's exactly the way we treat
these devices.

What I'm slightly concerned about is that this is going to needlessly
bloat the kernel - we're going to have to find some other way to store
this information, and create devices from that - which means additional
code to do the creation, and data structures for it to create these from.
There will be additional wastage from kmalloc as kmalloc doesn't allocate
just the size you ask for, but normally a power of two which will contain
the size.

That could potentially mean that as the device structure is 216 bytes,
kmalloc will use the 256 byte allocation size, which means a wastage of
40 bytes per device structure.  On top of that goes the size of
resources with the allocation slop on top for that, and then there's
another allocation for the platform data.

Has anyone considered these implications before making this choice?

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