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Date:	Mon, 07 Jul 2014 06:26:17 -0700
From:	Joe Perches <joe@...ches.com>
To:	David Laight <David.Laight@...LAB.COM>
Cc:	"Maciej W. Rozycki" <macro@...ux-mips.org>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Grant Likely <grant.likely@...retlab.ca>,
	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>,
	"netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] vsprintf: Remove SPECIAL from pointer types

On Mon, 2014-07-07 at 08:26 +0000, David Laight wrote:
> From: Joe Perches
> > Because gcc issues a complaint about any pointer format with %#p,
> > remove the use of SPECIAL to prefix 0x to various pointer types.
> > 
> > There are no uses in the kernel tree of %#p.
> 
> I know you guys don't really care about them, but there might
> be uses in out of tree drivers.
> 
> With the change what is output for %#p ?

Linux's output of %#p for normal, non %p<foo> extension use,
continues to be prefixed with 0x and zero filled.

Prior to this proposed change:
%#p uses a fixed width of sizeof(void *) * 2 + 2.
%p uses a fixed with of sizeof(void *) * 2

Post:
%#p uses a variable width of the minimum of sizeof(void *) * 2
to sizeof(void *) * 2 + 2 depending on the high order 2 bytes
of the pointer value.

There is no in-kernel tree code that uses %#p so it
has no net effect.

Personally, I prefer %#p uses the "+ 2" fixed width.

The real benefit is removing the auto-prefixing of 0x
when using the %pa extension to be consistent with
other naked pointer output types.


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