[PATCH 11/16] byteorder: provide a linux/byteorder.h with {be, le}_to_cpu() and cpu_to_{be, le}() macros

David Laight David.Laight at ACULAB.COM
Wed May 28 18:45:52 EST 2014

From: Cody P Schafer
> Rather manually specifying the size of the integer to be converted, key
> off of the type size. Reduces duplicate size info and the occurance of
> certain types of bugs (using the wrong sized conversion).
> +#define be_to_cpu(v) \
> +	__builtin_choose_expr(sizeof(v) == sizeof(uint8_t) , v,	\
> +	__builtin_choose_expr(sizeof(v) == sizeof(uint16_t), be16_to_cpu(v), \
> +	__builtin_choose_expr(sizeof(v) == sizeof(uint32_t), be32_to_cpu(v), \
> +	__builtin_choose_expr(sizeof(v) == sizeof(uint64_t), be64_to_cpu(v), \
> +		(void)0))))

I'm not at all sure that using the 'size' of the constant will reduce
the number of bugs - it just introduces a whole new category of bugs.

Using the size of the destination might help, but that makes the code

Getting one of the static analysers to find the obvious errors is
probably more appropriate.


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