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SubjectRe: [PATCHv2-next 3/3] serial_core: Remove unused member in uart_port
On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 05:47:33PM +0000, Dmitry Safonov wrote:
> On 1/14/20 5:36 PM, Joe Perches wrote:
> > On Tue, 2020-01-14 at 17:19 +0000, Dmitry Safonov wrote:
> >> It should remove the align-padding before @name.
> > []
> >> diff --git a/include/linux/serial_core.h b/include/linux/serial_core.h
> > []
> >> @@ -247,7 +247,6 @@ struct uart_port {
> >>
> >> unsigned char hub6; /* this should be in the 8250 driver */
> >> unsigned char suspended;
> >> - unsigned char unused;
> >
> > I suggest this not be applied as this is just to let
> > readers know that there is an unused 1 byte alignment
> > hole here that could be used for something else.
>
> Heh, 2/3 adds another `unsigned char`, so the neighbours look like:
>
> : unsigned long sysrq; /* sysrq timeout */
> : unsigned int sysrq_ch; /* char for sysrq */
> : unsigned char has_sysrq;
> : unsigned char sysrq_seq; /* index in sysrq_toggle_seq */
> :
> : unsigned char hub6; /* this should be in the 8250 driver */
> : unsigned char suspended;
> : unsigned char unused;
> : const char *name; /* port name */
>
> So the hole became 4 bytes on 64-bit.
>
> I can make it unused[4], but..
>
> Separated the patch per Greg's review and I think it makes sense to have
> it separately from 2/3 because last time I've touched it, it actually
> was in use by drivers (regardless the name).

Yes, it makes sense to remove it now. And then we can properly
reorginize the structure if people really care about the padding issues
(hint, I really doubt it). Someone can run pahole on the structure if
they care, but getting rid of "unused" is good as it has been abused in
the past.

thanks,

greg k-h

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