Re: Memory corruption due to word sharing

From: Jeff Garzik
Date: Thu Feb 02 2012 - 10:51:35 EST

On 02/01/2012 02:09 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
We have a lot of code, there's still a lot of situations left where
bitfields are just really convenient.

Or even just s/convenient/ingrained habit/ As much as I try to avoid bitfields, engineers writing vendor drivers love to lay out their hardware structures using bitfields, leading to such crapola as

#ifdef little endian
a bunch of bitfields, LE arrangement
bitfields, now in BE arrangement

This crops up again and again in drivers :/


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