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Re: 64-bit kernel patch.

To: Carsten Langgaard <>
Subject: Re: 64-bit kernel patch.
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 16:06:42 +0200
Cc: "Maciej W. Rozycki" <>,
In-reply-to: <>; from on Wed, Oct 02, 2002 at 04:02:55PM +0200
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On Wed, Oct 02, 2002 at 04:02:55PM +0200, Carsten Langgaard wrote:

> > Much of the code is so generic it almost deserves to live in a directory
> > even higher in the hierarchy.  If you look at the 32-bit compat code for
> > the various 64-bit architectures of Linux (in particular sparc64 and ia64),
> > it's a single huge cut'n'paste session.  Not much of that code is actually
> > architecture dependant.
> That would be even better, but unfortunately a lot of the structures used in
> the compat code is not exactly the same across architectures :-(
> But it should be possible to merges a lot this stuff into a generic
> (architecture independent) set of functions.

True.  The basic plan would be to provide the structure definitions and
some architecture dependencies from headers and keep the generic compat
code in a linux-32 directory.

The syscalls are still fairly harmless - the true pain are all the ioctls
that keep growing and changing like weed ...


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