[PATCH 2/5] arm64: cpufeature: Track unsigned fields

Suzuki K. Poulose Suzuki.Poulose at arm.com
Fri Nov 20 05:37:00 PST 2015

On 19/11/15 18:45, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 10:03:13AM +0000, Suzuki K. Poulose wrote:
>> On 19/11/15 04:57, AKASHI Takahiro wrote:

> a) A precise value (number of breakpoint registers) or a value from
>     which you derive some precise value. You mentioned these above
> b) Fields defining the presence of a feature (1, 2, 3). These would
>     always be positive since the absence of such feature would mean a
>     value of 0
> c) Fields defining the absence of a feature by setting 0xf. These are
>     usually fields that were initial RAZ and turned to -1. I don't expect
>     such field be greater than 0, nor smaller than -1.
> So I think we can treat (a) and (b) as unsigned permanently.


> We could treat (c) as unsigned as well with a value of 0xf though I'm not sure
> how it matches your LOWER/HIGHER_SAFE definitions.

I think we should treat (c) as signed, as we never know what could change,
given that meaning of (0xf - implies unsupported) < meaning of (0 - supported).
Treating them unsigned could break the LOWER/HIGHER_SAFE definitions and makes
the safe value selection ugly.


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