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Date:   Thu, 16 Jun 2022 17:11:13 +0200
From:   "Jason A. Donenfeld" <Jason@...c4.com>
To:     Matthew Wilcox <willy@...radead.org>
Cc:     linux-mm@...ck.org, linux-xfs@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        Uladzislau Rezki <urezki@...il.com>,
        Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>,
        Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Joe Perches <joe@...ches.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] usercopy: use unsigned long instead of uintptr_t

On Thu, Jun 16, 2022 at 04:51:08PM +0200, Jason A. Donenfeld wrote:
> If that's a "dinosaur approach" that "has to stop", it'd certainly be
> news to me (and I'm guessing others on the list too). I've never really
> seen anybody question the kernel's `unsigned long` usage before.
> 
> So hopefully some outcome of this discussion will make it clear, and
> then either this patch will go in, or I'll get to work on carefully
> adjusting my code that uses `unsigned long` at the moment.

Searching through list archives, there's not much, but I did find [1]
from Linus:

    PPS. And btw, the warning is unacceptable too. Cast the thing to
    "unsigned long" (or uintptr_t, but quite frankly, in the kernel I'd
    suggest "unsigned long" rather than the more obscure standard types)
    after you've fixed the macro argument problem.
 
 [1] https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/AANLkTineDxntR0ZTXdgXrc6qx6pATTORgOwFR5+w5MLN@mail.gmail.com/

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