Re: [PATCH 4/11] use ether_addr_equal_64bits

From: Julia Lawall
Date: Tue Dec 31 2013 - 01:33:33 EST

> > > > I'm just thinking of a programmer, e.g. changing a struct like this:
> > > >
> > > > struct foo {
> > > > u8 addr[ETH_ALEN];
> > > > - u16 dummy;
> > > > };
> I don't know of a way to catch that.
> Anyone else?

Well, one could have a semantic patch that checks for that. But the
problem is that it is very slow, and it only covers the cases that I can
transform automatically, which currently means no pointers, only explicit

On the other hand, I am finding the structure definition, so I can easily
update the structure definition with an appropriate comment.

struct foo {
u8 addr[ETH_ALEN]; /* must be followed by two bytes in the structure */
u16 dummy;

Unfortunately it is kind of verbose. Could there be an attribute? That
could even easily be checked.

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