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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Centralise definitions of sector_t and blkcnt_t

On Dec 4 2006 19:44, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>[...]allow even 64-bit architectures to say that they only want 32-bit
>sector_t's and page indexes [...]
>I don't know how big a deal it is, but I could imagine that we could
>actually save memory in a smaller "struct page", for example, on 64bit
>architectures by just using a 4-byte index.
>For now, the !64BIT makes sense simply because a 64-bit architecture
>probably doesn't care, and might as well just use 64 bits anyway (ie you
>tend to have tons of memory there anyway). And I suspect it doesn't
>actually even help on 64-bits due to structure alignment etc issues, but
>am too lazy to go check.

sparc could benefit from this (someone go correct me if I am wrong).
Not only in struct sizes, but maybe also a little in execution time.

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