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Date:	Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:57:51 +0100
From:	Ingo Molnar <>
To:	Tejun Heo <>
Cc:	Linus Torvalds <>,
	Linux Kernel <>,
	Yinghai Lu <>
Subject: Re: [GIT PULL] percpu fixes for 2.6.32-rc6

* Tejun Heo <> wrote:

> Hello, Ingo.
> Ingo Molnar wrote:
> >> I was mostly worrying about introducing unrelated bug while changing. 
> >> Anyways, one patch it is.  I'll route it through tip as suggested by 
> >> Ingo in a few hours.
> > 
> > Btw., i'd suggest you keep it in your percpu tree as usual and send it 
> > to Linus directly - i offered testing for the cleanup patch (and can 
> > pull your patch for such a purpose), it doesnt 'have' to go via -tip.
> Can you please then pull from the following tree for testing?  I'll 
> push it to Linus after a couple of days if nothing explodes.
>   git:// for-linus
> Thanks.

Sure - pulled it into tip:master for testing earlier today and after a 
few hours of it's looking good so far in x86 runtime tests. I also did 
cross-build testing to a dozen non-x86 architectures and it was fine 
there too.

btw., there's some 80-cols checkpatch warning artifacts in the commit:

+                       if (pcpu_extend_area_map(chunk, new_alloc) < 0) {
+                               err = "failed to extend area map of "
+                                       "reserved chunk";

which suggest that the logic here is perhaps nested a bit too deep. It 
could be improved by moving the reserved allocation branch of 

        if (reserved && pcpu_reserved_chunk) {

into a helper inline function, something like __pcpu_alloc_reserved().

It's a rare special case anyway. It could be changed to return with the 
pcpu_lock always taken, so the above branch would look like this:

	if (unlikely(reserved)) {
		off = __pcpu_alloc_reserved(&chunk, size, align, &err);
		if (off < 0)
			goto fail_unlock;
		goto area_found;

Which is a cleaner flow IMO, and which simplifes pcpu_alloc().

And the error string should be:

		err = "failed to extend area map of reserved chunk";

(Ignore the checkpatch complaint.)

What do you think?

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