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SubjectRe: [PATCH] spi: tegra: avoid unsigned->signed->unsigned promotion
On Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 06:12:44PM +0100, Michal Nazarewicz wrote:
> From: Michal Nazarewicz <>
> u8 type, which is unsigned, is promoted to int, which is singned, when
> doing a binary shift. Then, on 64-bit machines, it is further promoted
> to unsigned long which may lead to more significant half of the value
> to be all ones. To avoid this, explicitly promote to an unsigned type.

So this would only become an problem on 64-bit Tegra SoCs, right? I
suspect that there are quite a few places where something similar is
done and which suffer from the same issue.

But I don't think there's a real issue here. Even on 64-bit platforms,
writel() will only write 32-bit registers, and therefore discard the
upper 32 bits.

I think in general perhaps a more proper fix would be to use only u32
instead of unsigned long for these cases, since then the problem goes
away. u32 is also the type of the value used by writel() so it makes
perfect sense to use it.

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