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Date:   Tue, 5 Oct 2021 21:41:33 +0900
From:   Daniel Palmer <>
To:     Andy Shevchenko <>
Cc:     Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] serial: 8250_dw: Mark acpi match table as maybe unused

Hi Andy,

On Tue, 5 Oct 2021 at 21:14, Andy Shevchenko
<> wrote:
> > Ok, is there a reason it's not for the ID tables? Does it break something?
> It will look ugly. Why we define a table that may or may not be used?
> Sounds fishy.

I guess it's a toss up between is the attribute more ugly than #ifdefs
and is the ugliness of either worth it..
Not going to say I have an answer here. :)

> On top of that why you should tell linker to waste resources on something
> that you may well know beforehand will be thrown away?

That's true but the linker on my machine with 64GB of RAM compiling
for a single core machine with 64MB of RAM doesn't mind too much.

> > For what it's worth I think the OF ids are a bit wasteful.
> Exactly my point, but fixing one driver of zillions does not solve the issue
> in general.

I looked into making OF ids smaller globally. There seems to be 64
bytes wasted from the start for the name and type fields as nothing
uses them as far as I can tell.
Then you have the array for the compatible string which is currently
128 bytes but the longest compatible string in the kernel is less than
64 from what I can tell.
I understand that it's for future proofing etc. Adding a few hacks to
my kernel to remove the unused fields and reduce the size of the
compatible string saved a few tens of K.
Which isn't a lot but might be the difference between the kernel
fitting in a tiny SPI NOR partition or not.

> > For some
> > drivers where there are tons of broken variations they add a few K of
> > unneeded data. But since everyone now has gigabytes of memory I doubt
> > they care...
> Some actually cares.

Ok.. I might consider pushing my changes to remove unused ids all over
the place then.
drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq-dt-platdev.c is a really good example of
adding ~10K to kernels for no reason.

> > I'm working with 64MB. :)
> Then I would imagine that you already using as less kernel configuration as
> possible and have as many modules as you want for the hardware that might
> appear to be connected to that board, right?

I have a minimal config but compiling in macb for the ethernet
compiles in code and ids for stuff like zynq that I could do without.

>Then again one driver with 100+
> bytes doesn't affect really your case. Disabling, for example PRINTK, will
> win much more for you.

It's not *that* bad just yet. :)

Anyhow, thankyou for the interesting discussion. I'll just leave this
in my tree for now so I don't have to see the warning.



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