Compilation problem with drivers/staging/zsmalloc when !SMP on ARM

Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk konrad.wilk at
Fri Jan 18 23:37:25 EST 2013

On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 01:45:27PM -0800, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 09:08:59PM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 02:24:15PM -0600, Matt Sealey wrote:
> > > Hello all,
> > > 
> > > I wonder if anyone can shed some light on this linking problem I have
> > > right now. If I configure my kernel without SMP support (it is a very
> > > lean config for i.MX51 with device tree support only) I hit this error
> > > on linking:
> > 
> > Yes, I looked at this, and I've decided that I will _not_ fix this export,
> > neither will I accept a patch to add an export.
> > 
> > As far as I can see, this code is buggy in a SMP environment.  There's
> > apparantly no guarantee that:
> > 
> > 1. the mapping will be created on a particular CPU.
> > 2. the mapping will then be used only on this specific CPU.
> > 3. no guarantee that another CPU won't speculatively prefetch from this
> >    region.

I thought the code had per_cpu for it - so that you wouldn't do that unless
you really went out the way to do it.

> > 4. when the mapping is torn down, no guarantee that it's the same CPU that
> >    used the happing.

With per_cpu that actually would be the case.
> > 
> > So, the use of the local TLB flush leaves all the other CPUs potentially
> > containing TLB entries for this mapping.

Right. That is the point of a local TLB flush.
> > 
> > Finally, there is no TODO file for this driver, which I believe is a
> > requirement for anything to be in stable.  So as far as I can see, it
> > should be deleted or a TODO file added.  I'm not sure why Greg decided
> > to add it without a TODO file.

A TODO file can certainly be added and it is welcome.
> I don't know, I'm cursing the day I took the whole zsmalloc, zcache,
> zram mess that we have in the staging tree now.  People are working to
> get them out of staging, which is good, but the churn involved is
> driving me crazy.

Oh oh.

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