[PATCH 1/2] arm64: Fix power-of-ten vs. power-of-two prefixes in user-visible messages

Geert Uytterhoeven geert at linux-m68k.org
Wed Apr 19 02:29:22 PDT 2017

Hi David,

On Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 2:17 PM, David Woodhouse <dwmw2 at infradead.org> wrote:
> The IEC binary prefixes (Ki, Mi, Gi, etc.) were published over twenty
> years ago. We should use them consistently, especially in user-visible
> messages.
> Sure, it doesn't often matter, just as *most* typos and spelling or
> grammar mistakes don't often matter. But sometimes, such misuse really
> do actually introduce ambiguity, and we should avoid that.
> Conversely, there is absolutely no good reason *not* to be using the
> binary prefixes. Some people once claimed to find them "ugly", or that
> they would cause confusion. But those are purely down to unfamiliarity.
> The perceived ugliness, and the alleged confusion, will pass with use.
> The correctness, and the lack of ambiguity, will not.
> ARM64 in particular, as a new platform, has no excuse for not using the
> IEC prefixes which predate its existence by a decade and a half.
> What's worse is that some people are pointing at the existing errors and
> actually claiming that they want their *new* code to be deliberately
> wrong in order to be "consistent" with what's there.
> So let's fix the user-visible messages in all of arch/arm64 and nip
> *that* particular stupidity in the bud...
> Signed-off-by: David Woodhouse <dwmw at amazon.co.uk>

For correctness:
Reviewed-by: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert+renesas at glider.be>

For the policy:
Acked-by: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert+renesas at glider.be>

You're gonna need a new sweep for soon to be added occurrences, though.



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