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    SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] Expanding the size of "start" and "end" field in "struct resource"
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    Benjamin LaHaise <bcrl@kvack.org> writes:

    > On Wed, Mar 15, 2006 at 02:29:32PM -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
    >> If the impact is very slight or unmeasurable this means the option
    >> needs to fall under CONFIG_EMBEDDED, where you can change if
    >> every last bit of RAM counts but otherwise you won't care.
    >
    > But we have a data type that is correct for this usage: dma_addr_t.

    Well the name is wrong. Because these are in general not DMA addresses,
    but it may have the other desired properties. So it may be
    useable.

    >> Having > 32bit values on a 32bit platform is not the issue.
    >>
    >> Some drivers appear to puke simply because the value is 64bit. Which
    >> means the driver will have problems on any 64bit kernel. That kind
    >> of behavior is worth purging.
    >
    > Forcing it to be a 64 bit value doesn't fix that problem, so that isn't
    > a valid excuse for adding bloat.

    It doesn't fix it but it finds it. Which is half the battle. Once
    the existing references are fixed up it makes it hard to introduce new
    breakage like that, because more people see it.

    As for bloat this assumes there will be some measurable bloat.
    Resources are used in such a limited fashion I will be surprised if
    you can measure any bloat.

    Eric
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