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Date:   Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:03:01 -0700
From:   Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>
To:     Igor Russkikh <irusskikh@...vell.com>
Cc:     David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>, <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        Mark Starovoytov <mstarovoitov@...vell.com>,
        Dmitry Bogdanov <dbogdanov@...vell.com>
Subject: Re: [EXT] Re: [PATCH net-next 08/17] net: atlantic: A2
 driver-firmware interface

On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 18:38:21 +0300 Igor Russkikh wrote:
> >>>  
> >>>> On Fri, 24 Apr 2020 10:27:20 +0300 Igor Russkikh wrote:  
> >>>>> +/* Start of HW byte packed interface declaration */
> >>>>> +#pragma pack(push, 1)  
> >>>>
> >>>> Does any structure here actually require packing?  
> >>>
> >>> Yes, please use the packed attribute as an absolute _last_ resort.  
> >>
> >> These are HW bit-mapped layout API, without packing compiler may screw  
> > up  
> >> alignments in some of these structures.  
> > 
> > The compiler will not do that if you used fixed sized types properly.
> > 
> > Please remove __packed unless you can prove it matters.  
> 
> Just double checked the layout without packed pragma, below is what pahole
> diff gives just on one structure.

Okay, then mark the appropriate fields of that structure as packed.
I looked at first 4 structures and they should require no packing.

> Compiler does obviously insert cache optimization holes without pragmas.
> And since these structures are HW mapped API - this all will not work without
> pack(1).

Hm. These are not "cache optimization holes", just alignment.

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