Re: [2.6 patch] asm-generic/int-ll64.h: always provide __{s,u}64

From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Mon May 19 2008 - 20:16:00 EST

On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 04:51:53PM -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Adrian Bunk wrote:
>>> If it is going to be unconditionally offered, we could get rid of
>>> __BYTEORDER_HAS_U64__ as a next step. Unless there is something I've
>>> missed.
>> Why do we need the byteorder headers in userspace at all?
> Because Linux-specific software has depended on them for over 15 years
> (they are a much better API than anything POSIX provides.) We can't
> just yank them, and so it's better if they actually work.
> Yes, you can argue it should be glibc's job to provide them, but well,
> why duplicate work when we already have a nicely working set.

The worst thing is how many CONFIG_'s they currently leak to userspace.

And e.g. the versions in the x86 header are therefore not the fastest
ones (unless the userspace software #define's CONFIG_X86_BSWAP)...

> -hpa



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"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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