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SubjectRe: [PATCH 06/14] Pramfs: Include files
Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Saturday 13 June 2009, Sam Ravnborg wrote:
>>> + union {
>>> + struct {
>>> + /*
>>> + * ptr to row block of 2D block pointer array,
>>> + * file block #'s 0 to (blocksize/4)^2 - 1.
>>> + */
>>> + off_t row_block;
>> It is my understanding that we shall use: __kernel_off_t
>> in exported headers.
>
> That is a correct understanding in general, however this case is
> different, because it describes an on-disk data structure,
> not a kernel to user space interface. Here, __kernel_off_t is just
> as wrong as off_t, because it will differ between 32 and 64 bit
> architectures, making the fs layout incompatible. I'd suggest
> simply defining this as __u64.
>
> Moreover, file system layout should be described in terms of
> big-endian or little-endian types (e.g. __be64 or __le64),
> together with the right accessor functions.
>
> Arnd <><
>

I was thinking about your comment and I think I'll use __kernel_off_t
for the exported headers. I know that it will differ between 32 and 64
bit architectures, but for this kind of fs there isn't any compatibility
problem at layout level. You cannot remove a chip of RAM from a board
32bit little endian and attach it to a board with a cpu 64bit big
endian, the memory isn't a disk. Indeed, I see that tmpfs uses simply
"unsigned long" in the exported header file without any problems to
little or big endian.

Regards,

Marco


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