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Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:37:41 -0500
From: David Windsor <>
Subject: status: PAX_REFCOUNT

I'm currently in the process of splitting PAX_REFCOUNT.

It looks to touch a massive number of files.  Many of the modifications
occur in drivers:

dave@...ontium:~/src/linux-grsec-4.2$ grep -ril "atomic.*unchecked" | wc -l
dave@...ontium:~/src/linux-grsec-4.2$ grep -ril "atomic.*unchecked"
drivers/ | wc -l

As it stands, I'm trying to come up with a good way to split the patches.
I'm currently going with a scheme of creating separate patches per kernel
subsystem, further separating by component type (filesystems, drivers,
etc.).  For instance, for patches touching fs/, I've created a patch for
filesystem-independent changes, then separate patches for each individual
filesystem's changes.  Extrapolated over the entire kernel, I estimate this
strategy will produce approximately between 50 and 75 patches.

I'm moving my way through the tree and will hopefully have an RFC
submission soon.

David Windsor

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