[patch 34/54] Staging: hv: remove STRUCT_PACKED and STRUCT_ALIGNED defines
joern at logfs.org
Fri Jul 24 23:06:20 UTC 2009
On Fri, 24 July 2009 14:50:25 -0700, Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Jul 2009 23:32:19 +0200
> Jörn Engel <joern at logfs.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, 21 July 2009 01:46:41 +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > >
> > > The data structure is actually packed already, the attribute does not make it better
> > > and could be removed. We also have __packed as a shortcut for __attribute__((packed)).
> > Honestly, I don't know how useful __packed really is. In a shared
> > kernel/userspace header, it is only defined for the kernel.
> As I remember, gcc generates worse code for packed structures on many architectures
> since it may have to do byte fetchs/recombining to avoid unaligned
I was talking about "__packed" vs. "__attribute__((packed))". But yes,
avoiding packed structures where possible is a good idea.
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