Removing acpi.ko support

Nate Lawson nate at
Thu Oct 28 17:48:59 UTC 2010

On 10/28/2010 9:54 AM, John Baldwin wrote:
> [ cc'ing acpi@ to be safe, but I think the topic warrants the wider audience 
> of arch@ ]
> I think we should drop support for having acpi load as a module for i386.  It 
> adds extra complication and hacks to the i386 APIC and interrupt code that are 
> gratuitously different from amd64 as a result.  Originally it was made a 
> module so that GENERIC on i386 did not include ACPI by default but would only 
> use up memory to hold ACPI-related code if the machine supported ACPI.  Now 
> that acpi is part of GENERIC on i386 in 8.0 and later this argument is no 
> longer relevant.  I'd like to remove support for ACPI as a module to remove 
> the various hacks on i386 and reduce differences with amd64.

Fine with me. Users will still be able to disable ACPI if they want. And
systems that don't have ACPI (pre-2001) can still compile it out with
"nodevice" to save a few 100 KB of RAM. There's no reason to keep it as
a kernel module.


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