Re: [PATCH v2] scripts: coccinelle: check for !(un)?likely usage

From: Denis Efremov
Date: Fri Aug 30 2019 - 02:56:33 EST

On 30.08.2019 03:42, Julia Lawall wrote:
> On Thu, 29 Aug 2019, Denis Efremov wrote:
>> On 8/29/19 8:10 PM, Denis Efremov wrote:
>>> This patch adds coccinelle script for detecting !likely and
>>> !unlikely usage. These notations are confusing. It's better
>>> to replace !likely(x) with unlikely(!x) and !unlikely(x) with
>>> likely(!x) for readability.
>> I'm not sure that this rule deserves the acceptance.
>> Just to want to be sure that "!unlikely(x)" and "!likely(x)"
>> are hard-readable is not only my perception and that they
>> become more clear in form "likely(!x)" and "unlikely(!x)" too.
> Is likely/unlikely even useful for anything once it is a subexpression?
>> julia

Well, as far as I understand it,

It's correct since it sets the probability of likely/unlikely subexpression
is true to 90% (see
The probability of a whole expression is then computed by GCC
in this case. It's kind of assigning individual weights to conjuncts/disjuncts.
I think that it can be useful when you are not sure about the probability
of the whole expression but you know something about subexpressions it consists, e.g.,
likely(E1) && E2. However, I think that "!unlikely(x)" is fully equivalent in this sense
to "likely(!x)". I tested it once again for allyesconfig with branch profiling
disabled and bloat-o-meter shows no diff in binary size.