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Date:	Mon, 02 Jul 2007 10:41:00 -0400
From:	Jeff Garzik <>
To:	Arjan van de Ven <>
CC:	Ayyappan Veeraiyan <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ixgbe: Introduce new 10GbE driver for Intel 82598 based
 PCI	Express adapters...

Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> Jeff Garzik wrote:
>>>> always avoid bitfields.  They generate horrible code, and endian 
>>>> problems abound (though no endian problems are apparent here).
>>> they generate no worse code than open coding the checks for these 
>>> feature flags...
>> That would be the logical assumption, but reality does not bear that 
>> logic out to be true.
> I just checked a small example and gcc just generates a testb with an 
> immediate value, which isn't all that bad code.
> Do you remember which gcc you tested with?

gcc 2.95, gcc 3.x, gcc 4.x, ...  on multiple architectures, not just ia32.

It's simple logic:  using machine integers are the easiest for the 
compiler to Do The Right Thing, the easiest way to eliminate endian 
problems, the easiest way for programmers to read and understand struct 

Just say no to bitfields.


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