Re: [RFC PATCH 0/9] Remove useless on_each_cpu return value
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On Tue, 03 Jan 2012 15:19:04 +0100, Gilad Ben-Yossef <gilad@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
on_each_cpu() returns as its own return value the return value of smp_call_function(). smp_call_function() in turn returns a hard coded value of zero. Some callers to on_each_cpu() waste cycles and bloat code space by checking the return value to on_each_cpu(), probably for historical reasons. This patch set refactors callers to not test on_each_cpu() (fixed) return value and then refactors on_each_cpu to return void to avoid confusing future users. In other words, this patch aims to delete 18 source code lines while not changing any functionality :-) I tested as best as I could the x86 changes and compiled some of the others, but I don't have access to all the needed hardware for testing. Reviewers and testers welcome!
Other then the lack of Signed-off-by in the patches, looks good to me, even though personally I'd choose a bottom-up approach, ie. make smp_call_function() return void and from that conclude that on_each_cpu() can return void. With those patches, we have a situation, where smp_call_function() has a return value which is then lost for no immediately apparent reason lost in on_each_cpu(). -- Best regards, _ _ .o. | Liege of Serenely Enlightened Majesty of o' \,=./ `o ..o | Computer Science, Michał “mina86” Nazarewicz (o o) ooo +----<email/xmpp: mpn@xxxxxxxxxx>--------------ooO--(_)--Ooo-- -- To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-alpha" in the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html