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SubjectRe: [PATCH 22/22] bitops: remove minix bitops from asm/bitops.h
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On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 12:53, Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de> wrote:
> On Friday 15 October 2010, Akinobu Mita wrote:
>> minix bit operations are only used by minix filesystem and useless
>> by other modules.
>
> Right.
>
>> This provides new config option CONFIG_MINIX_FS_LITTLE_ENDIAN and
>> CONFIG_MINIX_FS_NATIVE_ENDIAN that each architecture selects one of which.
>> Then we can remove minix bit operations from asm/bitops.h from all
>> architectures by making them minix filesystem local macros.
>
> I would say that any architecture that defines minix bitops as
> little-endian is broken and we should not even need the #define.
>
> You have defined these as "native endian":
>
> always LE:
>        alpha, blackfin, ia64, score, tile, x86
>
> always BE:
>        h8300, microblaze, s390, sparc
>
> configurable:
>        m32r, mips, sh, xtensa
>
> The only ones among these that possibly ever cared about mounting minix
> file systems on a big-endian kernel are really old sparc and mips systems,
> everyone else probably never noticed their mistake.
>
> I'd say let's define the minix bitops as always LE and be done with it.

Funny, m68k uses the little endian minix file system?

Perhaps this was due to minix using the ext2 accessors? And ext2 being
switched from big to little endian ext2 on m68k, without anyone
noticing the impact
on minix?

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

                        Geert

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