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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 01/12] regmap-irq: Convert bool bitfields to unsigned int
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On Fri, 2022-06-24 at 14:05 +0100, Aidan MacDonald wrote:
> Joe Perches <joe@perches.com> writes:
>
> > On Fri, 2022-06-24 at 13:11 +0100, Mark Brown wrote:
> > > On Thu, Jun 23, 2022 at 11:26:10PM +0200, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> > > > On Thu, Jun 23, 2022 at 11:13 PM Aidan MacDonald
> > >
> > > > > Use 'unsigned int' for bitfields for consistency with most other
> > > > > kernel code.
> > >
> > > > There is no point to convert the fields you are about to remove.
> > >
> > > > So, either don't touch them or make this patch closer to the end of the series.
> > >
> > > It costs us nothing to convert them, this isn't a difficult or hard to
> > > understand refactoring - the patch is fine the way it is.
> >
> > Modulo the defects that might be introduced if an overflow occurs.
> >
> > struct foo {
> > unsigned int a:1;
> > bool b:1;
> > }
> >
> > Assign a non-zero int without bit 0 set to each and see if
> > a and b differ.
>
> Bool permits implicit pointer-to-bool conversions, so it isn't free
> of pitfalls either.

Care to describe some of those pitfalls?
I can't think of any off the top of my head.

> Overflow is probably more dangerous in general,
> but here there's little chance of pointers or overflow getting involved.

I don't know _this_ code at all, nor have I read it.

If all the conversions are just deleted later, then of course
it should not be converted at all.

I'm just commenting on the proposed refactoring.

I'm trying to show that conversions of bool:1->unsigned int:1
as being trivial are not so trivial after all.

It's fairly common to have code like:

[bool] foo.bar = some_value & SETTING;

where some value is tested for a mask/bit and a non-zero is true.

So conversions of foo.bar from bool:1 to unsigned int:1 are not
wise unless all possible side effects are known.

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