Re: NR_CPUS configuration option wrong

From: Frank A. Kingswood
Date: Thu May 20 2010 - 14:38:04 EST

Randy Dunlap wrote:
On Thu, 20 May 2010 18:34:32 +0100 Frank A. Kingswood wrote:


The configuration MAXSMP help text indicates it is used to enable configuration of number of CPUs. However, NR_CPUS depends on !MAXSMP.

758 config NR_CPUS
759 int "Maximum number of CPUs" if SMP && !MAXSMP

That line depends on !MAXSMP. Then below there, we find:

default "4096" if MAXSMP

Hah, weird.
I can see now it is possible to parse the MAXSMP help this way, but it was not obvious.

In menuconfig you see two questions:

[ ] Configure Maximum number of SMP Processors and NUMA Nodes
[8] Maximum number of CPUs

and setting the first one YES makes the second one go away.

Perhaps restating the help as "Set number of SMP processors and NUMA nodes to the maximum that the kernel supports" might help.


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