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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/12] Ethernet: Add and use ether_<type>_addr globals
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On Thu, 2018-04-05 at 15:27 +0200, Felix Fietkau wrote:
> On 2018-03-31 09:05, Joe Perches wrote:
> > There are many local static and non-static arrays that are used for
> > Ethernet broadcast address output or comparison.
> >
> > Centralize the array into a single separate file and remove the local
> > arrays.
>
> I suspect that for many targets and configurations, the local arrays
> might actually be smaller than exporting a global.

I tried x86-64 allnoconfig and defconfig.
Those both did not increase vmlinux size.

The defconfig actually got smaller, but that might have been
some object alignment oddity.

> You have to factor in
> not just the .text size, but the fact that referencing an exported
> symbol needs a .reloc entry as well, which also eats up some space (at
> least when the code is being built as module).

Thanks, the modules I built got smaller.

> In my opinion, your series probably causes more bloat in common
> configurations instead of reducing it.
>
> You're also touching several places that could easily use
> eth_broadcast_addr and eth_zero_addr. I think making those changes would
> be more productive than what you did in this series.

Doubtful. AFAIK: possible unaligned addresses.

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