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SubjectRe: [RFC] Normalizing byteorder/unaligned access API
On Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 04:35:42PM -0700, Harvey Harrison wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-10-07 at 17:28 -0600, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 02:53:11PM -0700, Harvey Harrison wrote:
> > > In addition, there are some subsystems (scsi) that are looking into some
> > > differently sized endian helpers (be24) and it may be worthwhile to have
> > > some agreement whether it is worth making them common infrastructure and
> > > whether they should present a similar API to the common byteorder/unaligned
> > > API.
> >
> > I still think SCSI should have its own accessors, even if they're
> > just wrappers around the common BE code.
> >
> I thought it was generally discouraged that subsystems have trivial
> wrappers like that, otherwise you wind up with:
> scsi_get_u32
> usb_get_u32
> v4l_get_u32
> ... and so on, where as if they all used the common names, people more
> used to other areas of the kernel can still recognize what the code
> is doing without having the lookup another define.

My point is that they don't have to recognise what the code is doing.
They don't have to know if the protocol is BE or LE, only that USB code
is accessing the data in the appropriate way for USB.

Matthew Wilcox Intel Open Source Technology Centre
"Bill, look, we understand that you're interested in selling us this
operating system, but compare it to ours. We can't possibly take such
a retrograde step."

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