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Date:	Mon, 02 Jul 2007 08:26:49 -0700
From:	"Kok, Auke" <auke-jan.h.kok@...el.com>
To:	Jeff Garzik <jeff@...zik.org>
CC:	Arjan van de Ven <arjan@...ux.intel.com>,
	Ayyappan Veeraiyan <ayyappan.veeraiyan@...el.com>,
	netdev@...r.kernel.org, akpm@...ux-foundation.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ixgbe: Introduce new 10GbE driver for Intel 82598 based
 PCI	Express adapters...

Jeff Garzik wrote:
> 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 
> alignment.

I really disagree with you here, I much rather prefer using code style like:

   if (adapter->flags.msi_enabled) ..

than

   if (adapter->flags & E1000_FLAG_MSI_ENABLED) ...

not only does it read easier, it's also shorter and not prone to &/&& confusion 
typo's, takes away parentheses when the test has multiple parts etc...

Maybe this is not most important for ixgbe, where we only have 8 or so flags, 
but the new e1000 driver that I posted this weekend currently has 63 (you wanted 
flags ;)) of them. Do you want me to use 63 integers or just 2 ?

And as Arjan said, we're not passing any of these to hardware, so there should 
not be any endian issues.

I think acme would agree with me that pahole currently is the easiest way to 
show struct alignment ...


Auke
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