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SubjectRe: [PATCH] cpumask 5/10 rewrite cpumask.h - single bitmap based implementation
Paul Jackson wrote:
>>I don't see what you gain from having the cpumask type but having
>>to get at its internals with the bitop functions.
> The essential gain, in my view, of cpumask, is that it encapsulates
> the value NR_CPUS. cpumasks are bitmaps of length NR_CPUS.
> Yes, there is an open issue of whether cpumasks are worth it.
> I think enough code has taken to them that they are.

Yes, I'm all for the full cpumask abstraction.

> The getting at internals (via cpus_addr(), I'm guessing you mean)
> was a workaround for some code that messed with cpumasks and simple
> unsigned longs as if they were interoperable. "cpus_addr" should
> be marked deprecated, and its use coded out. Its remaining uses
> are in arch-specific areas where I lack the expertise and testing
> environment to accomplish such.
> I needed some legacy mechanism such as this, in order to avoid
> having such existing uses bring the entire cpumask overhaul to
> a screeching halt.

No, by getting at the internals, I mean the internals of the
type itself. Its implementation, if you will. (Well I guess
that also *includes* users getting the address and derefing it
as an unsigned long).

But no, I was talking about something more general. Rusty wrote:

>>+#define cpus_addr(src) ((src).bits)
> We've discussed this before when talking about whether it'd be easier to
> just make people use raw bitop functions directly, so I know we have
> philosophical differences here.
> So, opinion alert: if I were doing this, I'd probably live without this
> macro; in my mind it crosses the "too much abstraction" line. I did
> momentarily wonder what this macro did when I saw it used in the
> succeeding patches.

Now in my opinion, it is either all or nothing. I could be wrong,
but I don't think there is any point with a nice cpumask type if
you are just going to get inside it and do bitmap operations on it.

In summary, I think your patches are nice :)
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