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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Introduce a boolean "single_bit_set" function.
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Robert P. J. Day píše v Po 29. 06. 2009 v 14:50 -0400:
> On Mon, 29 Jun 2009, Petr Tesarik wrote:
>
> > Andrew Morton píše v Pá 24. 04. 2009 v 10:46 -0700:
> > > On Fri, 24 Apr 2009 06:40:39 -0400 (EDT) "Robert P. J. Day" <rpjday@crashcourse.ca> wrote:
> > >
> > > > so it would be a simple matter to define the bit set boolean in
> > > > terms of hweight_long(), yes? so what about, in bitops.h:
> > > >
> > > > static inline bool
> > > > exactly_one_bit_set(unsigned long w)
> > > > {
> > > > return hweight_long(w) == 1;
> > > > }
> > > >
> > > > static inline bool
> > > > more_than_one_bit_set(unsigned long w)
> > > > {
> > > > return hweight_long(w) > 1;
> > > > }
> > > >
> >
> > Andrew, you must be kidding! Are you seriously suggesting to replace
> > a simple and instruction with a call to an extern library function
> > with 17 instructions (not including the call and ret)?
> >
> > I'd better check the use of hweight in the kernel to eradicate as
> > many calls to it as possible...
>
> since i originally muttered about this, the rationale behind it was
> not for performance (obviously), but for semantic clarification, so
> that when you saw the expression "n & (n-1)", it was more obvious
> which test you were doing semantically:
>
> 1) is n a power of 2?
> 2) does n represent a single set bit?
>
> nothing ever came of that, but that was the thinking behind it.

Yes, I can remember and I would still appreciate it. It's always better
to show _what_ the code does rather than _how_ it does it.

IIRC Andrew rejected your patch on the grounds that it is possible to
replace the expression "n & (n-1)" with "hweight(n) == 1" if one wants
to show that it really tests for a single bit set. But I don't like his
proposal quite as much as yours, because of the big overhead.

In short, if you re-post your patch, I'll gladly join you in the battle
of getting it in. ;-)

Petr Tesarik


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