[PATCH] ARM: add get_user() support for 8 byte types

Arnd Bergmann arnd at arndb.de
Thu Nov 15 08:39:07 EST 2012

On Thursday 15 November 2012, Rob Clark wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 3:19 AM, Arnd Bergmann <arnd at arndb.de> wrote:
> > On Tuesday 13 November 2012, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> >> You're missing something; that is one of the greatest powers of open
> >> source.  The many eyes (and minds) effect.  Someone out there probably
> >> has a solution to whatever problem, the trick is to find that person. :)
> >>
> >> I think we have a working solution for this for ARM.  It won't be suitable
> >> for every arch, where they have 8-bit and 16-bit registers able to be
> >> allocated by the compiler, but for architectures where the minimum register
> >> size is 32-bit, what we have below should work.
> >
> > I don't mind at all adding the extension to ARM, and I think it's pretty
> > cool that you guys actually found a working solution.
> >
> > The part that worries me is that we are making architecture independent
> > code depend on a clever hack that may or may not be possible to implement
> > on a given architecture, and that most architecture maintainers wouldn't
> > know how to implement correctly even if it's possible.
> I could always send a 3rd version with a comment smashed on about why
> that works if you think this is a problem..

Comments are always good, so I'd surely like to see those get added.
As I said, I don't have any objections to the addition of your patch to
the ARM code, which sounds useful to have.

I still haven't heard a conclusive argument why we need to use get_user()
rather than copy_from_user() in the DRM code. Is this about a fast path
where you want to shave off a few cycles for each call, or does this
simplify the code structure, or something else?


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