[PATCH v3 02/14] arm64: drop ranges in definition of ARCH_FORCE_MAX_ORDER

Catalin Marinas catalin.marinas at arm.com
Wed Apr 19 21:05:28 AEST 2023

On Tue, Apr 18, 2023 at 03:05:57PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Apr 2023 18:27:08 +0100 Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas at arm.com> wrote:
> > > It sounds nice in theory. In practice. EXPERT hides too much. When you
> > > flip expert, you expose over a 175ish new config options which are
> > > hidden behind EXPERT.  You don't have to know what you are doing just
> > > with the MAX_ORDER, but a whole bunch more as well.  If everyone were
> > > already running 10, this might be less of a problem. At least Fedora
> > > and RHEL are running 13 for 4K pages on aarch64. This was not some
> > > accidental choice, we had to carry a patch to even allow it for a
> > > while.  If this does go in as is, we will likely just carry a patch to
> > > remove the "if EXPERT", but that is a bit of a disservice to users who
> > > might be trying to debug something else upstream, bisecting upstream
> > > kernels or testing a patch.  In those cases, people tend to use
> > > pristine upstream sources without distro patches to verify, and they
> > > tend to use their existing configs. With this change, their MAX_ORDER
> > > will drop to 10 from 13 silently.   That can look like a different
> > > issue enough to ruin a bisect or have them give bad feedback on a
> > > patch because it introduces a "regression" which is not a regression
> > > at all, but a config change they couldn't see.
> > 
> > If we remove EXPERT (as prior to this patch), I'd rather keep the ranges
> > and avoid having to explain to people why some random MAX_ORDER doesn't
> > build (keeping the range would also make sense for randconfig, not sure
> > we got to any conclusion there).
> Well this doesn't seem to have got anywhere.  I think I'll send the
> patchset into Linus for the next merge window as-is.  Please let's take
> a look at this Kconfig presentation issue during the following -rc
> cycle.

That's fine by me. I have a slight preference to drop EXPERT and keep
the ranges in, especially if it affects current distro kernels. Debian
seems to enable EXPERT already in their arm64 kernel config but I'm not
sure about the Fedora or other distro kernels. If they don't, we can
fix/revert this Kconfig entry once the merging window is closed.


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