[PATCH 03/14] ARM: v6k: remove CPU_32v6K dependencies in asm/spinlock.h

Dave Martin dave.martin at linaro.org
Tue Jan 25 12:33:14 EST 2011

On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 4:59 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux
<linux at arm.linux.org.uk> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 04:43:52PM +0000, Dave Martin wrote:
>> A couple of questions on this:
>> 1) I notice these spinlock functions are generally marked inline.
>> Is that likely to happen in modules?  If so, there would be a need to
>> do SMP_ON_UP fixups at module load time -- I don't think that's
>> currently implemented.
> No one should be using the arch_* spinlocks directly.  The spinlocks
> are implemented in out of line code in kernel/spinlock.c

OK--- do think this is something we need a sanity-check for, or does
this fall into to a category of bad driver implementation which will
get thrown out during peer review?

>> 2) When building with this patch and CONFIG_SMP_ON_UP=y, I've seen
>> vmlinux link errors like this:
>>   LD      .tmp_vmlinux1
>> `.exit.text' referenced in section `.alt.smp.init' of
>> drivers/built-in.o: defined in discarded section `.exit.text' of
>> drivers/built-in.o
>> make: *** [.tmp_vmlinux1] Error 1
>> I don't know whether this is caused by the patch directly or as a
>> side-effect -- I've only noticed it in the linaro-2.6.37 tree so far.
>> git bisect indentified this above patch as the first one with the
>> error in that case.
>> I don't understand the section discarding logic too well, so I'm not
>> sure how to fix it for now...
> Hmm.  I don't see how that could happen, unless some driver is going
> behind the spinlock APIs, or using our dsb_sev() directly.
> I think you need to first track down what's responsible for inserting
> architecture spinlock code into drivers.

OK, I'll try and do a bit more digging.  I think I have a better idea
of what to look for now, anyhow.


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