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From: Avi Fishman <avifishman70@gmail.com>
To: Paul Gortmaker <paul.gortmaker@windriver.com>
Cc: Wim Van Sebroeck <wim@linux-watchdog.org>,
	Guenter Roeck <linux@roeck-us.net>,
	linux-watchdog@vger.kernel.org,
	Patrick Venture <venture@google.com>,
	OpenBMC Maillist <openbmc@lists.ozlabs.org>,
	Tomer Maimon <tmaimon77@gmail.com>,
	Tali Perry <tali.perry1@gmail.com>,
	Wim Van Sebroeck <wim@iguana.be>,
	Linus Walleij <linus.walleij@linaro.org>,
	Benjamin Fair <benjaminfair@google.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/5] wdt: clean up unused modular infrastructure
Date: Sun, 12 May 2019 18:43:29 +0300
Message-ID: <CAKKbWA5ydScNecjU1C4z72o=6ZiX1D2ik4nUe7VoiFaSF=z9nw@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1556034515-28792-1-git-send-email-paul.gortmaker@windriver.com>

I saw many drivers that are putting "#ifdef MODULE" around module specific code.
I think it answers all 4 concerns above.
It also covers the case where a developer made the driver available to
be compiled as a module and in the Kconfig didn't make it tristate.
What do you think?

On Thu, May 9, 2019 at 9:17 AM Paul Gortmaker
<paul.gortmaker@windriver.com> wrote:
>
> People can embed modular includes and modular exit functions into code
> that never use any of it, and they won't get any errors or warnings.
>
> Using modular infrastructure in non-modules might seem harmless, but some
> of the downfalls this leads to are:
>
>  (1) it is easy to accidentally write unused module_exit/remove code
>  (2) it can be misleading when reading the source, thinking a driver can
>      be modular when the Makefile and/or Kconfig prohibit it
>  (3) an unused include of the module.h header file will in turn
>      include nearly everything else; adding a lot to CPP overhead.
>  (4) it gets copied/replicated into other drivers and can spread.
>
> As a data point for #3 above, an empty C file that just includes the
> module.h header generates over 750kB of CPP output.  Repeating the same
> experiment with init.h and the result is less than 12kB; with export.h
> it is only about 1/2kB; with both it still is less than 12kB.
>
> Here, In this series, we do what has been done for other subsystems,
> like, net, x86, mfd, iommu....  and audit for uses of modular
> infrastructure inside code that currently can't be built as a module.
>
> As always, the option exists for driver authors to convert their code
> to tristate, if there is a valid use case for it to be so.  But since
> I don't have the context for each driver to know if such a use case
> exists, I limit myself to simply removing the unused code in order to
> make the driver consistent with the Makefile/Kconfig settings that
> control it.
>
> Paul.
>
> ---
>
> Cc: Benjamin Fair <benjaminfair@google.com>
> Cc: Guenter Roeck <linux@roeck-us.net>
> Cc: Linus Walleij <linus.walleij@linaro.org>
> Cc: linux-watchdog@vger.kernel.org
> Cc: Nancy Yuen <yuenn@google.com>
> Cc: openbmc@lists.ozlabs.org
> Cc: Patrick Venture <venture@google.com>
> Cc: Tali Perry <tali.perry1@gmail.com>
> Cc: Tomer Maimon <tmaimon77@gmail.com>
> Cc: Wim Van Sebroeck <wim@iguana.be>
> Cc: Wim Van Sebroeck <wim@linux-watchdog.org>
>
>
> Paul Gortmaker (5):
>   watchdog: rtd119x: drop unused module.h include
>   watchdog: watchdog_core: make it explicitly non-modular
>   watchdog: npcm: make it explicitly non-modular
>   watchdog: intel_scu: make it explicitly non-modular
>   watchdog: coh901327: make it explicitly non-modular
>
>  drivers/watchdog/coh901327_wdt.c      | 24 ++++--------------------
>  drivers/watchdog/intel_scu_watchdog.c | 18 ------------------
>  drivers/watchdog/npcm_wdt.c           | 13 ++++++-------
>  drivers/watchdog/rtd119x_wdt.c        |  1 -
>  drivers/watchdog/watchdog_core.c      | 15 +--------------
>  5 files changed, 11 insertions(+), 60 deletions(-)
>
> --
> 2.7.4
>


-- 
Regards,
Avi

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Thread overview: 18+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-04-23 15:48 Paul Gortmaker
2019-04-23 15:48 ` [PATCH 1/5] watchdog: rtd119x: drop unused module.h include Paul Gortmaker
2019-04-29 16:38   ` Guenter Roeck
2019-04-23 15:48 ` [PATCH 2/5] watchdog: watchdog_core: make it explicitly non-modular Paul Gortmaker
2019-04-24  1:22   ` Guenter Roeck
2019-04-24 15:37     ` Paul Gortmaker
2019-04-24 21:05       ` Guenter Roeck
2019-04-27  9:48         ` Wim Van Sebroeck
2019-04-29 16:28           ` Guenter Roeck
2019-04-23 15:48 ` [PATCH 3/5] watchdog: npcm: " Paul Gortmaker
2019-04-29 16:40   ` Guenter Roeck
2019-04-29 18:21     ` Paul Gortmaker
2019-04-23 15:48 ` [PATCH 4/5] watchdog: intel_scu: " Paul Gortmaker
2019-04-29 16:37   ` Guenter Roeck
2019-04-23 15:48 ` [PATCH 5/5] watchdog: coh901327: " Paul Gortmaker
2019-04-23 21:29   ` Linus Walleij
2019-04-29 16:37   ` Guenter Roeck
2019-05-12 15:43 ` Avi Fishman [this message]

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