Re: Request: increase in PCI bus limit

From: James Sutherland (
Date: Wed Jan 31 2001 - 04:15:23 EST

On Tue, 30 Jan 2001, Timur Tabi wrote:

> ** Reply to message from Christopher Neufeld <> on Tue, 30
> Jan 2001 16:08:32 -0800
> > Would it be possible to bump it up to 128, or even
> > 256, in later 2.4.* kernel releases? That would allow this customer to
> > work with an unpatched kernel, at the cost of an additional 3.5 kB of
> > variables in the kernel.
> I don't think that's going to happen. If we did this for your obscure system,
> then we'd have to do it for every obscure system, and before you know it, the
> kernel is 200KB larger.
> Besides, why is your client afraid of patched kernels? It sounds like a very
> odd request from someone with a email address. I would think that
> you'd WANT to provide patched kernels so that the customer can keep paying you
> (until they learn how to use a text editor, at which point they can patch the
> kernel themselves!!!)

Should there not at least be some bounds checking on this table, though?!

If it's only built at boot time, it's not performance critical. Maybe at a
later date it could even expand (or shrink, on small PCs??) the table as


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