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SubjectRe: Pls apply this spinlock patch to the kernel
On Sat, Nov 03, 2001 at 12:20:53PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> If you have a 4-byte entry that is aligned to 128 bytes, you have 124
> bytes of stuff that the linker _will_ fill up with other things.

If you put the alignment on the type, not the variable, e.g.

typedef int aligned_int __attribute__((aligned(128)));
aligned_int foo;

then sizeof(foo) == 128, and the linker sees a 128-byte object,
not a 4 byte object with 128 byte alignment.

It's a subtle difference between alignment of types and alignment
of variables, but it makes sense if you think about it.

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