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Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 13:48:31 -0700
From: Andrew Morton <>
To: Shyam Saini <>
Cc:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Alexey
 Dobriyan <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH V2] include: linux: Regularise the use of FIELD_SIZEOF

On Wed, 12 Jun 2019 01:08:36 +0530 Shyam Saini <> wrote:

> Currently, there are 3 different macros, namely sizeof_field, SIZEOF_FIELD
> and FIELD_SIZEOF which are used to calculate the size of a member of
> structure, so to bring uniformity in entire kernel source tree lets use
> FIELD_SIZEOF and replace all occurrences of other two macros with this.
> For this purpose, redefine FIELD_SIZEOF in include/linux/stddef.h and
> tools/testing/selftests/bpf/bpf_util.h and remove its defination from
> include/linux/kernel.h
> In favour of FIELD_SIZEOF, this patch also deprecates other two similar
> macros sizeof_field and SIZEOF_FIELD.
> For code compatibility reason, retain sizeof_field macro as a wrapper macro

As Alexey has pointed out, C structs and unions don't have fields -
they have members.  So this is an opportunity to switch everything to
a new member_sizeof().

What do people think of that and how does this impact the patch footprint?

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