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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/15] habanalabs: add skeleton driver
On Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 11:48:02PM +0200, Oded Gabbay wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 11:14 PM Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de> wrote:
> >
> > On Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 5:25 PM Oded Gabbay <oded.gabbay@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 6:06 PM Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 1:01 AM Oded Gabbay <oded.gabbay@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > diff --git a/drivers/misc/habanalabs/include/habanalabs_device_if.h b/drivers/misc/habanalabs/include/habanalabs_device_if.h
> > > > > new file mode 100644
> > > > > index 000000000000..9dbb7077eabd
> > > > > --- /dev/null
> > > > > +++ b/drivers/misc/habanalabs/include/habanalabs_device_if.h
> > > >
> > > > Since this is a apparently a user space ABI, the file should be in
> > > > include/uapi/linux/,
> > > > not in the driver directory.
> > >
> > > This is not a user space ABI. This is the ABI between the driver and the F/W.
> >
> > Ah, I see. In that case, you should get rid of all the bitfields and make the
> > struct members all __le32/__le64/... to make it work on big-endian kernels.
> >
> I really don't want to start converting bitfields and structures to
> use __le32/64.
> As I wrote in one of the previous reviews, we don't support big-endian
> architecture (what's left after POWER moved to support little endian
> ?). We actually do run on POWER9 but with ppc64le architecture
> In any case, our software stack is so big that this minor change in
> the driver won't have any impact on the overall ability to run
> something on our H/W

You don't have to do anything at the moment to "convert" to use a
specific endian, but you do have to always mark such variables that are
in a specific endian that this is the format they are expected in.

Then, when you run a tool like sparse, you will be notified if you
happen to be making any assumptions that might not be correct about
those variables, and it's trivial to usually fix it up at that time.

hope this helps,

greg k-h

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