Re: [PATCH 06/20] ARM64 / ACPI: Introduce some PCI functions whenPCI is enabled

From: Hanjun Guo
Date: Mon Jan 20 2014 - 22:41:05 EST

On 2014-1-21 2:39, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Monday 20 January 2014, Hanjun Guo wrote:
>>>> acpi_register_ioapic()/acpi_unregister_ioapic() will be used for IOAPIC
>>>> hotplug and GIC distributor is something like IOAPIC on x86, so I think
>>>> these two functions can be reserved for future use.
>>> But GIC is not hotplugged, is it? It still sounds x86 specific to me.
>> Well, if we want to do physical CPU hotplug on ARM/ARM64 (maybe years
>> later?),
>> then GIC add/remove is needed because we have to remove GIC
>> on the SoC too when we remove the physical CPU.
> In general, I recommend not planning for the future in kernel code when you
> don't know what is going to happen. It's always easy enough to change
> things once you get there, as long as no stable ABI is involved.

Ok, I agree with you.

> I just looked at the caller of these functions, and found a self-contained
> PCI driver in drivers/pci/ioapic.c, which uses two sepate PCI classes for
> ioapic and ioxapic. I think it's a safe assumption to say that even if we
> get ARM CPU+GIC hotplug, that would not use the same ioapic driver. This
> driver is currently marked X86-only, and that should probably stay this way,
> so you won't need the hooks.

Will find a suitable way to fix that in next version, thanks for you comments :)


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