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SubjectRe: [PATCH] binfmt_flat: minimum support for the Blackfin relocations
Andrew Morton wrote:
>> if (rev > OLD_FLAT_VERSION) {
>> + unsigned long persistent = 0;
>
> `persistent' here only has meaning inside the next nesting level, so should
> be moved down into that scope for readability reasons.

See below.

>> + if (flat_set_persistent (relval, &persistent))
>> + continue;
>
> If this correct? flat_set_persistent() returns zero if it didn't write
> anything to `persistent'. It seems strange that in the case where
> flat_set_persistent() _does_ write something to `persistent', we just throw
> it away by doing `continue'.
>
> Either that, or I've misread the code and you really did mean to put
> `persistent' in the outer scope, and its value is supposed to propagate
> over into the next iteration of the loop. If so, that's all a bit too
> tricky for it to be implemented with zero code comments, dontcha think?

The latter. We need to be able to use more data than we can fit into a
single reloc, so we store a value with one reloc and reuse it with the
next. There'd be no point in having this function otherwise since you
could perform whatever needs to be done in flat_get_relocate_addr.

This seemed fairly obvious at the time... when you're familiar with the
flat format, the loop isn't all that hard to understand. I'll add
comments in the next version.


Bernd
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