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SubjectRe: inclusion of <endian.h> in a kernel header? ok or not?
2008/8/19 Adrian Bunk <bunk@kernel.org>:
> On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 09:16:56PM +0200, Frans Meulenbroeks wrote:
>> Is it ok to #include <endian.h> in a kernel header file.
>> This is done in linux/patchkey.h and linux/soundcard.h but other
>> places seem to prefer <asm/byteorder.h>
>>...
>
> Look at the two files you mention - they only do it in userspace.
>
> And considering that these only users in the kernel are in the OSS code
> it's most likely not the best solution.

Agree.
But as I want to do it right I'd like to know what the best way is.
would that be including <asm/byteorder.h> and then have code with
#ifdef __LITTLE_ENDIAN
#else
#endif
be the preferred solution?

(I don't want to use the conversion functions just want to get the
leftmost short from an uint32_t)

With gcc 4.1.3 (which is the default on my ubuntu 7.10 dev system) a
typecast like
a_short = *(unsigned short volatile *)&a_long;
which would do the trick gives faulty code with -O2 or up.


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