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SubjectRe: linux-next: build failure after merge of the akpm-current tree
On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 02:24:02PM -0700, Davidlohr Bueso wrote:
> On Sat, 2015-07-25 at 12:47 -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
> > I certainly agree that it doesn't make sense to make all architectures
> > select SRCU, if an unremovable core kernel feature uses SRCU. If
> > possible, I'd really like to avoid seeing SRCU become mandatory again,
> > though.
>
> I find it very strange that srcu is not taken for granted like rcu is,
> or even regular locking primitives. How much overhead does srcu add?

About 2k. (For scale, note that a tinyconfig kernel is currently on the
order of 700-800k, so that's an appreciable fraction of the kernel.)

> > Is there any chance at all of the shrinker mechanism becoming optional?
> > At first glance, it seems reasonably separate from the rest of mm, in
> > that if it didn't exist and shrinking didn't happen, the rest of mm
> > still works. If that happened, MM_SHRINKER could select SRCU.
>
> Some mm functionality might very possibly rely on srcu in the future if
> we expect any chances of scaling, ie: faults. So I'd rather not take a
> short term solution here, as we'll probably be discussing this again
> otherwise.

What other mm functionality plans to use SRCU?

Among other things, no-mmu builds might still be able to omit it.

> > If that's not possible, then for the moment, I'd suggest making a hidden
> > symbol MM_SHRINKER that's always y and does "select SRCU", to preserve
> > SRCU's modularity for the moment while not forcing every architecture to
> > select it.
>
> This is _very_ hacking. While tinyfication has its uses and
> applications, I'd rather not have it in the way of normal kernels.

Thinking about it further, the better alternative if SRCU can't be kept
optional CONFIG_SRCU "default y" and hidden, so that it doesn't get
disabled by tinyconfig.

- Josh Triplett


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