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SubjectRe: [vmw_vmci 11/11] Apply the header code to make VMCI build
On Thu, Aug 02, 2012 at 09:50:02PM +0200, Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> On Friday 2012-07-27 12:34, Sam Ravnborg wrote:
> >> +#ifndef _VMCI_COMMONINT_H_
> >> +#define _VMCI_COMMONINT_H_
> >> +
> >> +#include <linux/printk.h>
> >> +#include <linux/vmw_vmci_defs.h>
> >
> >Use inverse chrismas tree here.
> >Longer include lines first, and soret alphabetically when
> >lines are of the same length.
> So that's where unreadable include lists come from.
> Depth-first lexicographically-sorted is a lot less hassle,
> especially when it comes to merging patches that each
> add one different include.
This is applied in many parts of the kernels and has some benefits:
- easy to spot duplicates
- clash is less likely when two commit adds includes
- easy to do so it looks the same across different files

Obviously <linux/*> comes before include <asm/*> as this is
separate blocks of includes.

net/ and arch/x86/ is two places where this is getting the norm,
and these are trendsetters for the rest of the kernel.

> >> +/*
> >> + * Utilility function that checks whether two entities are allowed
> >> + * to interact. If one of them is restricted, the other one must
> >> + * be trusted.
> >> + */
> >> +static inline bool vmci_deny_interaction(uint32_t partOne,
> >> + uint32_t partTwo)
> >
> >The kernel types are u32 not uint32_t - these types belongs in user-space.
> Not really. uint32_t is the C99 type for a 32-bit quantity, and I see
> absolutely zero reason not to use standardized things.
Found the following somewhere on the net:

On Mon, 29 Nov 2004, Paul Mackerras wrote:
> uint32_t is defined to be exactly 32 bits wide, so where's the problem
> in using it instead of __u32 in the headers that describe the
> user/kernel interface? (Ditto for uint{8,16,64}_t, of course.

Ok, this discussion has gone on for too long anyway, but let's make it
easier for everybody. The kernel uses u8/u16/u32 because:

- the kernel should not depend on, or pollute user-space naming.
YOU MUST NOT USE "uint32_t" when that may not be defined, and
user-space rules for when it is defined are arcane and totally

See for additional
rationale. (Second mail listed).


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