Re: [PATCH] Add a new section to CodingStyle, promoting include/linux/kernel.h.

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On Mon, 18 Dec 2006 12:43:35 -0500 (EST) Robert P. J. Day wrote:

>   Add a new section to the CodingStyle file, encouraging people not to
> re-invent available kernel macros such as ARRAY_SIZE(),
> FIELD_SIZEOF(), min() and max(), among others.
> Signed-off-by: Robert P. J. Day <[email protected]>

Acked-by: Randy Dunlap <[email protected]>

> ---
>   NOTE:  at the moment, there is not a single invocation of the
> FIELD_SIZEOF() macro anywhere in the entire source tree, so if someone
> had a hankering to rename it to something more catchy, now would be a
> good time and i can always resubmit the patch i sent in yesterday.
> diff --git a/Documentation/CodingStyle b/Documentation/CodingStyle
> index 0ad6dcb..a736333 100644
> --- a/Documentation/CodingStyle
> +++ b/Documentation/CodingStyle
> @@ -682,6 +682,24 @@ result.  Typical examples would be functions that return pointers; they use
>  NULL or the ERR_PTR mechanism to report failure.
> +		Chapter 17:  Don't re-invent the kernel macros
> +
> +The header file include/linux/kernel.h contains a number of macros that
> +you should use, rather than explicitly coding some variant of them yourself.
> +For example, if you need to calculate the length of an array, take advantage
> +of the macro
> +
> +  #define ARRAY_SIZE(x) (sizeof(x) / sizeof((x)[0]))
> +
> +Similarly, if you need to calculate the size of some structure member, use
> +
> +  #define FIELD_SIZEOF(t, f) (sizeof(((t*)0)->f))
> +
> +There are also min() and max() macros that do strict type checking if you
> +need them.  Feel free to peruse that header file to see what else is already
> +defined that you shouldn't reproduce in your code.
> +
> +
>  		Appendix I: References

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