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Re: [PATCH] MIPS: Implement __read_mostly

To: "Gleb O. Raiko" <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] MIPS: Implement __read_mostly
From: David Daney <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:04:00 -0700
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On 10/15/2010 04:25 AM, Gleb O. Raiko wrote:
On 14.10.2010 23:36, David Daney wrote:
diff --git a/arch/mips/kernel/setup.c b/arch/mips/kernel/setup.c
--- a/arch/mips/kernel/setup.c
+++ b/arch/mips/kernel/setup.c
@@ -69,7 +69,7 @@ static char __initdata
* mips_io_port_base is the begin of the address space to which x86 style
* I/O ports are mapped.
-const unsigned long mips_io_port_base __read_mostly = -1;
+const unsigned long mips_io_port_base = -1;

While we're here could we eliminate mips_io_port_base for boards that
don't need it.

That is a logically separate issue, so would be the subject of a different patch. I don't personally plan on working on it, but would be happy to review anything someone else came up with.

David Daney

Now, it almost might be done by defining something like
__swizzle_addr_[bwlq](port) ((port) - mips_io_port_base)

Unfortunately, __swizzle_addr_[bwlq] is also used for memory acceeses
too (in read/write[bwlq]), so definition above doesn't work.

By providing two variants, e.g. __swizzle_io_addr_[bwlq] and
__swizzle_mem_addr_[bwlq] we can eliminate unnecessary loads of

BTW, in recent kernels the trick with mips_io_port_base doesn't work
well anyway. The solely purpose of the trick was to prevent loading of
mips_io_port_base across function calls. Now drivers tend to use
ioread/iowrite that don't use mips_io_port_base at all or use its own
wrappers for in/out[bwlq] that _do_ load mips_io_port_base on every call.


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