Re: [PATCH 01/17] bitfield: Add non-constant field_{prep,get}() helpers

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Tue Nov 23 2021 - 03:30:42 EST

Hi Johannes,

On Mon, Nov 22, 2021 at 5:33 PM Johannes Berg <johannes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, 2021-11-22 at 16:53 +0100, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> > The existing FIELD_{GET,PREP}() macros are limited to compile-time
> > constants. However, it is very common to prepare or extract bitfield
> > elements where the bitfield mask is not a compile-time constant.
> >
> I'm not sure it's really a good idea to add a third API here?
> We have the upper-case (constant) versions, and already
> {u32,...}_get_bits()/etc.

These don't work for non-const masks.

> Also, you're using __ffs(), which doesn't work for 64-bit on 32-bit
> architectures (afaict), so that seems a bit awkward.

That's a valid comment. Can be fixed by using a wrapper macro
that checks if typeof(mask) == u64, and uses an __ffs64() version when

> Maybe we can make {u32,...}_get_bits() be doing compile-time only checks
> if it is indeed a constant? The __field_overflow() usage is already only
> done if __builtin_constant_p(v), so I guess we can do the same with
> __bad_mask()?

Are all compilers smart enough to replace the division by
field_multiplier(field) by a shift?



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