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Date:	Tue, 10 Nov 2009 16:51:24 +0100
From:	Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz <bzolnier@...il.com>
To:	Mark Lord <liml@....ca>
Cc:	Thiago Farina <tfransosi@...il.com>, jgarzik@...ox.com,
	mlord@...ox.com, linux-ide@...r.kernel.org,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ata: Clean up hard coded array size calculation.

On Tuesday 10 November 2009 06:00:19 Mark Lord wrote:
> Thiago Farina wrote:
> > Use ARRAY_SIZE macro of kernel api instead.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Thiago Farina <tfransosi@...il.com>
> > ---
> >  drivers/ata/sata_mv.c |    2 +-
> >  1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
> > 
> > diff --git a/drivers/ata/sata_mv.c b/drivers/ata/sata_mv.c
> > index 6f5093b..a8a7be0 100644
> > --- a/drivers/ata/sata_mv.c
> > +++ b/drivers/ata/sata_mv.c
> > @@ -2217,7 +2217,7 @@ static unsigned int mv_qc_issue_fis(struct ata_queued_cmd *qc)
> >  	int err = 0;
> >  
> >  	ata_tf_to_fis(&qc->tf, link->pmp, 1, (void *)fis);
> > -	err = mv_send_fis(ap, fis, sizeof(fis) / sizeof(fis[0]));
> > +	err = mv_send_fis(ap, fis, ARRAY_SIZE(fis));
> >  	if (err)
> >  		return err;
> >  
> ..
> 
> What's the point of this ?
> 
> There is no "hardcoded array size" there to begin with,
> and using that silly macro obscures the actual calculation.
> 
> So now, instead of being able to verify correctness at a glance,

I kindly disagree here.  ARRAY_SIZE makes code smaller and prevents
subtle bugs in the more complex situations once you learn to always
use it.

[ Using ARRAY_SIZE you no longer have to verify anything and person
  looking at the code (which not necessarily is the original author)
  immediately knows what was the author's intention. ]

> I have to go off and research some silly macro and verify that
> it does the right thing.

You did it already and the macro name is quite descriptive so you
may as well just ACK the patch now.. ;)

-- 
Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz
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