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Date:	Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:58:00 +0000
From:	David Laight <David.Laight@...LAB.COM>
To:	'Saeed Mahameed' <>,
	"David S. Miller" <>
CC:	"" <>,
	Or Gerlitz <>,
	Tal Alon <>,
	Eran Ben Elisha <>,
	Gal Pressman <>
Subject: RE: [PATCH net-next 02/12] net/mlx5e: Statistics handling

From: Saeed Mahameed
> Sent: 22 April 2016 20:01
> Redesign the statistics in the driver:
> 1. Move counters to a separate file (en_stats.h).
> 2. Remove unnecessary dependencies between stats and strings.
> 3. Use counter descriptors which hold a name and offset for each counter,
>    and will be used to decide which counters will be exposed.
> For example when adding a new software counter to ethtool, instead of:
> 1. Add to stats struct.
> 2. Add to strings struct in the same order.
> 3. Change macro defining number of software counters.
> The only thing needed is to link the new counter to a counter descriptor.

This looks like a place for some pre-processor magic to define two (or more)
items from the same line of C source.

Taking one definition. Instead of:

> +static const struct counter_desc vport_stats_desc[] = {
> +	{ "rx_error_packets", VPORT_COUNTER_OFF(received_errors.packets) },
> +	{ "rx_error_bytes", VPORT_COUNTER_OFF(received_errors.octets) },
> +	{ "tx_error_packets", VPORT_COUNTER_OFF(transmit_errors.packets) },
> +	{ "tx_error_bytes", VPORT_COUNTER_OFF(transmit_errors.octets) },

Use the following #define to generate both the array of names and the structure.
	RX( "rx_error_packets", packets) \
	RX( "rx_error_bytes", octets) \
	TX( "tx_error_packets", packets) \
	TX( "tx_error_bytes", octets) \

You can then expand it two (or more) ways:

#define STATS_NAMES(name, field) name,
static const char *const vport_stats_names[] = { VPORT_STATS_DEFN(STATS_NAMES, STATS_NAMES) };

#define STAT_FIELD(name, field) uint64_t field;
#define STAT_NONE(name, field)
struct received_errors {
struct transmit_errors errors {

Adding an extra stat then just requires you add an extra line to VPORT_STATS_DEFN().


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