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SubjectRe: [PATCH] block: convert ata_port_for_each_link to use a while loop to reduce code size
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On Wed, 2008-10-22 at 08:17 +0200, Alexander van Heukelum wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Oct 2008 21:24:32 +0100, "Richard Kennedy"
> <richard@rsk.demon.co.uk> said:
> > convert a for loop to a while loop in the ata_port_for_each_link macros
> > to reduce code size.
> >
> > on x86_64 size reports reduction of text size in
> > libata.ko : -272 bytes
> > ahci.ko : -44 bytes
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Richard Kennedy <richard@rsk.demon.co.uk>
> >
> > ----
> > This patch is against 2.6.27 git head.
> >
> > I've been running this patch on my AMD64 desktop machine for several
> > days & have not seen any problems.
> > regards
> > Richard
> >
> >
> > diff --git a/include/linux/libata.h b/include/linux/libata.h
> > index 947cf84..bbe3b9d 100644
> > --- a/include/linux/libata.h
> > +++ b/include/linux/libata.h
> > @@ -1283,12 +1283,12 @@ extern struct ata_link
> > *__ata_port_next_link(struct ata_port *ap,
> > bool dev_only);
> >
> > #define __ata_port_for_each_link(link, ap) \
> > - for ((link) = __ata_port_next_link((ap), NULL, false); (link); \
> > - (link) = __ata_port_next_link((ap), (link), false))
> > + (link) = NULL; \
> > + while (((link) = __ata_port_next_link((ap), (link), false)))
>
> Hi Richard,
>
> Please imagine how this expands...
>
> if (some_condition)
> __ata_port_for_each_link(link, ap)
> do_something(...)
>
> But it is probably possible to get the same size reduction by
> changing the for-loop like this (safety parentheses left out):
>
> for (link = NULL;
> link = __ata_port_next_link(ap, link, false), link; )
>
> Some programmers think this is abuse of the for-construct, though ;).
>
> Greetings,
> Alexander
>
> > #define ata_port_for_each_link(link, ap) \
> > - for ((link) = __ata_port_next_link((ap), NULL, true); (link); \
> > - (link) = __ata_port_next_link((ap), (link), true))
> > + (link) = NULL; \
> > + while (((link) = __ata_port_next_link((ap), (link), true)))
> >
> > #define ata_link_for_each_dev(dev, link) \
> > for ((dev) = (link)->device; \
> --
> Alexander van Heukelum
> heukelum@fastmail.fm

yes of course, that is the problem with this kind of macro :(

IMHO, this particular macro doesn't improve the overall code readability
so would be better being removed altogether. Whenever possible I much
prefer being able to see a for or while loop in the code rather than
hidden in a macro somewhere, but maybe that's just me ;)
regards
Richard




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