Re: [PATCH]: fix 32bits integer overflow in loops_per_jiffy calculation

From: Yoann Vandoorselaere (
Date: Thu Aug 22 2002 - 10:59:19 EST

On Thu, 2002-08-22 at 17:23, Gabriel Paubert wrote:
> Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> >>Well, first on sane archs which have an easily accessible, fixed
> >>frequency time counter, loops_per_jiffy should never have existed :-)
> >>
> >>Second, putting this code there means that one day somebody will
> >>inevitably try to use it outside of its domain of operation (like it
> >>happened for div64 a few months ago when I pointed out that it would not
> >>work for divisors above 65535 or so).
> >
> >
> > Well... it's clearly located inside kernel/cpufreq.c, so there is
> > little risk, though it may be worth a big bold comment
> Hmm, in my experience people hardly ever read detailed comments even
> when they are well-written. Perhaps if you called the function
> imprecise_scale or coarse_scale, it might ring a bell.
> Besides that functions should do one thing and do that *well*[1]. Well,
> I'm usually not too dogmatic, but this function breaks the second rule
> beyond what I find acceptable.

At least it report *correct* result (when the old one was returning BS
because of the 32 bits integer overflow). Doing it well require per
architecture support.

> >>In this case a generic scaling function, while not a standard libgcc/C
> >>library feature has potentially more applications than this simple
> >>cpufreq approximation. But I don't see very much the need for scaling a
> >>long (64 bit on 64 bit archs) value, 32 bit would be sufficient.
> >
> >
> > Well... if you can write one, go on then ;) In my case, I'm happy
> > with Yoann implementation for cpufreq right now. Though I agree that
> > could ultimately be moved to arch code.


> [1] Documentation/CodingStyle, which also claims that functions should
> be short and *sweet*. Well, I found the patch far too bitter ;-).

No wonder why you're loosing contributor with such comportment.

Yoann Vandoorselaere,

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