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Date:   Sun, 24 Mar 2019 00:18:07 -0700
From:   Sultan Alsawaf <sultan@...neltoast.com>
To:     Nathan Chancellor <natechancellor@...il.com>
Cc:     akpm@...ux-foundation.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        arnd@...db.de, keescook@...omium.org, linux@...musvillemoes.dk,
        rostedt@...dmis.org, torvalds@...ux-foundation.org,
        viro@...iv.linux.org.uk
Subject: Re: [RFC v3] string: Use faster alternatives when constant arguments
 are used

On Sat, Mar 23, 2019 at 08:31:53PM -0700, Nathan Chancellor wrote:
> Explicitly cc'ing some folks who have touched include/linux/string.h in
> the past and might want to take a look at this.
> 
> Nathan

Thanks. One last revision with some nitpicks fixed is attached, though I doubt
it'll influence any comments on the concept of this anyway.

---
 include/linux/string.h | 30 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 30 insertions(+)

diff --git a/include/linux/string.h b/include/linux/string.h
index 7927b875f..40a8a9436 100644
--- a/include/linux/string.h
+++ b/include/linux/string.h
@@ -476,4 +476,34 @@ static __always_inline size_t str_has_prefix(const char *str, const char *prefix
 	return strncmp(str, prefix, len) == 0 ? len : 0;
 }
 
+/*
+ * Replace some common string helpers with faster alternatives when one of the
+ * arguments is a constant (i.e., literal string). This uses strlen instead of
+ * sizeof for calculating the string length in order to silence compiler
+ * warnings that may arise due to what the compiler thinks is incorrect sizeof
+ * usage. The strlen calls on constants are folded into scalar values at compile
+ * time, so performance is not reduced by using strlen.
+ */
+#define strcpy(dest, src)							\
+	__builtin_choose_expr(__builtin_constant_p(src),			\
+		memcpy((dest), (src), strlen(src) + 1),				\
+		(strcpy)((dest), (src)))
+
+#define strcat(dest, src)							\
+	__builtin_choose_expr(__builtin_constant_p(src),			\
+		({								\
+			memcpy((dest) + strlen(dest), (src), strlen(src) + 1);	\
+			(dest);							\
+		}),								\
+		(strcat)((dest), (src)))
+
+#define strcmp(left, right)							\
+	__builtin_choose_expr(__builtin_constant_p(left),			\
+		__builtin_choose_expr(__builtin_constant_p(right),		\
+			(strcmp)((left), (right)),				\
+			memcmp((left), (right), strlen(left) + 1)),		\
+		__builtin_choose_expr(__builtin_constant_p(right),		\
+			memcmp((left), (right), strlen(right) + 1),		\
+			(strcmp)((left), (right))))
+
 #endif /* _LINUX_STRING_H_ */
-- 
2.21.0

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