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Date:   Sat, 16 Jan 2021 22:25:23 +0100
From:   Marek Vasut <>
To:     Lukas Wunner <>, Arnd Bergmann <>
Cc:     Networking <>, Andrew Lunn <>,
        Heiner Kallweit <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next V2] net: ks8851: Fix mixed module/builtin build

On 1/16/21 9:39 PM, Lukas Wunner wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 08:26:22PM +0100, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>> On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 6:56 PM Marek Vasut <> wrote:
>>> On 1/16/21 6:04 PM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>>>> On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 5:48 PM Marek Vasut <> wrote:
>>>> I don't really like this version, as it does not actually solve the problem of
>>>> linking the same object file into both vmlinux and a loadable module, which
>>>> can have all kinds of side-effects besides that link failure you saw.
>>>> If you want to avoid exporting all those symbols, a simpler hack would
>>>> be to '#include "ks8851_common.c" from each of the two files, which
>>>> then always duplicates the contents (even when both are built-in), but
>>>> at least builds the file the correct way.
>>> That's the same as V1, isn't it ?
>> Ah, I had not actually looked at the original submission, but yes, that
>> was slightly better than v2, provided you make all symbols static to
>> avoid the new link error.
>> I still think that having three modules and exporting the symbols from
>> the common part as Heiner Kallweit suggested would be the best
>> way to do it.
> FWIW I'd prefer V1 (the #include approach) as it allows going back to
> using static inlines for register access.  That's what we had before
> 7a552c850c45.
> It seems unlikely that a system uses both, the parallel *and* the SPI
> variant of the ks8851.  So the additional memory necessary because of
> code duplication wouldn't matter in practice.

I have a board with both options populated on my desk, sorry.

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