Re: [PATCH] cputopology: Always define CPU topology information [4thtry]

From: Nathan Lynch
Date: Wed Jul 16 2008 - 17:37:38 EST

Hi Ben-

Ben Hutchings wrote:
> Not all architectures and configurations define CPU topology information.
> This can result in an empty topology directory in sysfs, and requires
> in-kernel users to protect all uses with #ifdef - see
> <>.
> The documentation of CPU topology specifies what the defaults should be
> if only partial information is available from the hardware. So we can
> provide these defaults as a fallback.

I've been looking at adding topology information to powerpc and I came
across this.

I understand the need for fallback definitions of the topology APIs
within the kernel, but I'm not sure I agree with exposing these things
in sysfs unconditionally -- the default values for physical_package_id
and core_id don't really make sense on powerpc (and other non-x86
architectures, I suspect).

Would you object to a patch which exposes in sysfs only the topology
information which the architecture provides?
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