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SubjectRe: Problem with find_first_bit function and kin
On Sat, 16 Aug 2008 12:26:54 -0700 (PDT), "Alex Dubov" <>
> It's well may be that I'm just missing something obvious.
> It seems to me that find_first_bit/find_next_bit functions return their
> offsets "base 1" - first set bit is "1" and last is "bitmap size". This
> means that if only the last bit in the bitmap is set, the returned value
> will be indistinguishable from no bits set situation. Moreover, bit
> manipulation functions appear to use "base 0" bit addresses, adding to
> the
> inconvenience.
> Is this a desired behavior? And, if yes, how is one supposed to deal with
> last bit of the bitmap?

Hi Alex,

If this is the behaviour you observe, it's a bug. How did you
find out?

The intended behaviour is that the bits are enumerated in "base 0"
style. If only the last bit in the bitmap is set it should return
bitmapsize-1 and if no bit is set it should return bitmapsize.
Some architecture-specific code gets the last detail wrong, they
return a value that is slightly larger than the bitmap size in
some cases.

Alexander van Heukelum

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