[Ksummit-2010-discuss] [v2] Remaining BKL users, what to do

Arnd Bergmann arnd at arndb.de
Tue Oct 19 00:26:54 PDT 2010

On Tuesday 19 October 2010 06:52:32 Dave Airlie wrote:
> > I might be able to find some hardware still lying around here that uses an
> > i810. Not sure unless I go hunting it. But I get the impression that if
> > the kernel is a single-CPU kernel there is not any problem anyway? Don't
> > distros offer a non-smp kernel as an installation option in case the user
> > needs it? So in reality how big a problem is this?
> Not anymore, which is my old point of making a fuss. Nowadays in the
> modern distro world, we supply a single kernel that can at runtime
> decide if its running on SMP or UP and rewrite the text section
> appropriately with locks etc. Its like magic, and something like
> marking drivers as BROKEN_ON_SMP at compile time is really wrong when
> what you want now is a runtime warning if someone tries to hotplug a
> CPU with a known iffy driver loaded or if someone tries to load the
> driver when we are already in SMP mode.

We could make the driver run-time non-SMP by adding

	if (num_present_cpus() > 1) {
		pr_err("i810 no longer supports SMP\n");
		return -EINVAL;

to the init function. That would cover the vast majority of the
users of i810 hardware, I guess.


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