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Date:   Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:57:34 +0200
From:   Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
To:     Sergey Senozhatsky <>
Cc:     Rasmus Villemoes <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Arnd Bergmann <>, Martin Wilck <>,
        Andy Shevchenko <>,,
        Sergey Senozhatsky <>
Subject: Re: [RFC][PATCH] lib/string: introduce sysfs_strncpy() and

On Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 06:50:55PM +0900, Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:
> Hi Rasmus,
> On (08/21/18 09:59), Rasmus Villemoes wrote:
> > > +char *sysfs_strncpy(char *dest, const char *src, size_t count)
> > > +{
> > > +	char *c;
> > > +
> > > +	strncpy(dest, skip_spaces(src), count);
> > 
> > I'd like to see where and how you'd use this, but I'm very skeptical of
> > count being used both for the size of the dest buffer as well as an
> > essentially random argument to strncpy - if count is also the maximum
> > number of bytes to read from the src, you'd need to take the
> > skip_spaces() into account, because there are not count bytes left after
> > that...
> > And if src is not necessarily nul-terminated, skip_spaces() by
> > itself is wrong.
> I think that sysfs input is always properly NULL-terminated. It may or
> may not contain \n, but \0 is expected to be there. Am I wrong?

sysfs data is always null terminated.

What exactly are you trying to do here?  If a user sends you crappy data
in a sysfs file (like leading or trailing whitespace), well, you can
always just error out, no problem.  You can be very strict in the
SINGLE_VALUE that you accept in your sysfs file.  And yes, sysfs files
are single values, if you want to do more than that, you need to use
something else, so I really do not understand what problem you are
trying to solve here.

Please always post a user of your new api when you make stuff like this
otherwise we do not know how it is used, or even why you are adding it.


greg k-h

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