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SubjectRe: [PATCH 05/98] exynos_drm.h: use __u64 from linux/types.h
On Mon, Jun 01, 2015 at 10:20:10AM +0200, Christian König wrote:
> Using types that differs on 32-bit and 64-bit machines for a kernel
> interface is indeed a rather bad idea. This not only includes longs, but
> pointers as well.

[cut standard stdint.h types argument which we've heard before]

You need to read Linus' rant on this subject:

From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
Subject: Re: [RFC] Splitting kernel headers and deprecating __KERNEL__
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 01:30:46 GMT

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
arbitrary.

- since the kernel cannot use those types for anything that is
visible to user space anyway, there has to be alternate names.
The tradition is to prepend two underscores, so the kernel would
have to use "__uint32_t" etc for its header files.

- at that point, there's no longer any valid argument that it's a
"standard type" (it ain't), and I personally find it a lot more
readable to just use the types that the kernel has always used:
__u8/__u16/__u32. For stuff that is only used for the kernel,
the shorter "u8/u16/u32" versions may be used.

In short: having the kernel use the same names as user space is ACTIVELY
BAD, exactly because those names have standards-defined visibility, which
means that the kernel _cannot_ use them in all places anyway. So don't
even _try_.

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