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Date:	Mon, 05 May 2014 13:41:46 -0400 (EDT)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v6 1/2] net: ipv6: Unduplicate UDP, raw, and L2TP

From: Hannes Frederic Sowa <>
Date: Mon, 05 May 2014 04:15:57 -0700

> Hi!
> On Fri, May 2, 2014, at 12:11, Lorenzo Colitti wrote:
>> +
>> +struct ip6_output_opts {
>> +       int hlimit: 9;
>> +       int tclass: 9;
>> +       int dontfrag: 2;
>> +       unsigned connected: 1;
>> +       struct ipv6_txoptions *opt;
>> +};
> I don't think the bitfields are useful, they can cause more RMW cycles
> and at least on 64-bit systems the structure does not shrink in size if
> you instead just use s16 and bool types because of the padding needed
> for the pointer. On 32-bit it does save 4 bytes on the stack, but I
> don't think it is worth it.
> If you put the pointer above the other members, newly added fields at
> the bottom can eat into padding space instead of leaving padding holes
> in it.

Furthermore, some architectures are just going to pass this in via two
registers anyways, so it doesn't save argument count in practice.

I apologize, but I still don't like these changes :-/
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