Re: rfc: bool structure members (was Re: [PATCH V3] net/mlx4: Get rid of page operation after dma_alloc_coherent)

From: Jason Gunthorpe
Date: Fri Dec 21 2018 - 18:52:39 EST

On Thu, Dec 20, 2018 at 09:12:43PM -0800, Joe Perches wrote:
> Care to submit a coding_style.rst patch or
> improve the one below this?

I took yours and revised it a little bit. I spent some time looking at
assembly and decided to drop the performance note, the number of cases
that run into overhead seems pretty small and probably already
requires !! to be correct. There is also an equally unlikely gain, ie
'if (a & b)' optimizes a tiny bit better for bool types.

I also added a small intro on bool, as I know some people are
unfamiliar with C11 _Bool and might think bool is just '#define bool

(for those added to the cc) I'm looking at cases, like the patch that
spawned this, where the struct has a single bool and no performance
considerations. As CH said, seeing that get converted to int due to
checkpatch is worse than having used bool. Using u8 won't make this
struct smaller or faster.