The subject of deprecating and removing the API that permits this came up recently on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. I raised my concerns, and the Linux Kernel developers have been laudably responsive on the subject. As I said to them, I would welcome a better API, that allows setting these things atomically, start and length together as a pair.

 Thanks for doing the necessary and often ungrateful work of keeping
kernel developers in check, Jonathan. ;)

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 Laurent

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