Re: [PATCH] __init in mm/slab.c

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Sun Nov 14 2004 - 13:27:45 EST

On Sun, 14 Nov 2004, Andries Brouwer wrote:
> So yesterday's series of __init patches is not because there were
> bugs, but because it is desirable to have the situation where
> static inspection of the object code shows absence of references
> to .init stuff. Much better than having to reason that there is
> a reference but that it will not be used.

And I agree heartily with this. I love static checking (after all, that's
all that sparse does), and if you can make sure that there is one less
thing to be worried about, all the better.

Of course, another option to just removing/fixing the __init is to have
some way to let the static checker know things are ok, but in this case,
especially with fairly small data structures, it seems much easier to just
make the checker happy.

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