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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/10] Use __kernel_long_t in struct timex
On 05/17/2012 03:56 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 3:50 PM, Linus Torvalds
> <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
>>
>> I think __word would be good too, *except* for the fact that
>> especially in x86 land, I think there's the legacy confusion with
>> "word" being 16-bit. Ugh.
>
> Looking at the x32 case, I have to say that "long" in general looks
> horrible. Especially when we have things like
>
> typedef long long __kernel_long_t;
>
> (and __long really wouldn't look any nicer). Any sane person would go
> "Eww" at looking at that - we're using 'long long' to typedef a type
> that is named 'long'.
>
> It would make much more sense to use "__word" for reasons like that.
> But I really don't think that works well in a x86 context.
>
> Other ideas? Maybe "__wordsize" would be less associated with x86 16-bit words?
>

FWIW: "__abi_wordsize" to indicate that it is not really a property of
the machine itself, but rather the ABI in use.

David Daney



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