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SubjectRe: [PATCH 04/22] arm: introduce little endian bitops
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2010/10/18 Russell King - ARM Linux <linux@arm.linux.org.uk>:
> On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 06:46:03PM +0900, Akinobu Mita wrote:
>> Introduce little endian bit operations by renaming native ext2 bit
>> operations. The ext2 bit operations are kept by using little endian
>> bit operations until the conversions are finished.
>
> Can you explain why we need another level of indirection rather than
> using asm-generic/bitops/le.h, asm-generic/bitops/minix.h and
> asm-generic/bitops/ext2-non-atomic.h ?

Sorry for not CCing the cover letter of this patch series.

Currently there are no common little-endian bit operations for all
architectures, although some architectures implicitly include
asm-generic/bitops/le.h through asm-generic/bitops/minix-le.h or
asm-generic/bitops/ext2-non-atomic.h.

So some drivers (net/rds/cong.c and virt/kvm/kvm_main.c) need to
include asm/bitops/le.h directly. When I tried to remove the
direct inclusion of asm-generic/bitops/le.h by using ext2_*(),
several people prefer another solution like this patch series does.

This patch series introduces little-endian bit operations for
all architectures and convert all ext2 non-atomic bit operations
and minix bit operations to use little-endian bit operations.
it enables to remove ext2 non-atomic and minix bit operations
from asm/bitops.h. The reason they should be removed from
asm/bitops.h is as follows:

For ext2 non-atomic bit operations, they are used for little-endian
byte order bitmap access by some filesystems and modules.
But using ext2_*() functions on a module other than ext2 filesystem
makes someone feel strange.

For minix bit operations, they are only used by minix filesystem
and useless by other modules. Because byte order of inode and block
bitmap is defferent on each architectures.

There are several issues including arm part. So I'm now fixing them.


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