This macro is popular within the Linux kernel for supporting intrusive data structures such as linked lists, red-black trees, and chained hash tables while allowing the compiler to do type checking.
Later patches will use container_of() to remove the limitation of "hashmap_entry" being location-dependent. This will complete the transition to compile-time type checking for the hashmap API. This macro already exists in our source as "list_entry" in list.h and making "list_entry" an alias to "container_of" as the Linux kernel has done is a possibility. Signed-off-by: Eric Wong <e...@80x24.org> Reviewed-by: Derrick Stolee <sto...@gmail.com> --- git-compat-util.h | 10 ++++++++++ 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+) diff --git a/git-compat-util.h b/git-compat-util.h index 83be89de0a..4cc2c8283a 100644 --- a/git-compat-util.h +++ b/git-compat-util.h @@ -1312,4 +1312,14 @@ void unleak_memory(const void *ptr, size_t len); */ #include "banned.h" +/* + * container_of - Get the address of an object containing a field. + * + * @ptr: pointer to the field. + * @type: type of the object. + * @member: name of the field within the object. + */ +#define container_of(ptr, type, member) \ + ((type *) ((char *)(ptr) - offsetof(type, member))) + #endif