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Date:   Tue, 5 Oct 2021 12:15:13 -0700
From:   Randy Dunlap <rdunlap@...radead.org>
To:     Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>, Joe Perches <joe@...ches.com>
Cc:     Jonathan Corbet <corbet@....net>,
        Alexey Dobriyan <adobriyan@...il.com>,
        Nick Desaulniers <ndesaulniers@...gle.com>,
        Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Rasmus Villemoes <linux@...musvillemoes.dk>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-doc@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org,
        Miguel Ojeda <miguel.ojeda.sandonis@...il.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v5] docs: Explain the desired position of function
 attributes

On 10/5/21 10:04 AM, Kees Cook wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 05, 2021 at 08:39:14AM -0700, Joe Perches wrote:
>> On Tue, 2021-10-05 at 08:26 -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
>>> While discussing how to format the addition of various function
>>> attributes, some "unwritten rules" of ordering surfaced[1]. Capture as
>>> close as possible to Linus's preferences for future reference.
>>> +For example, using this function declaration example::
>>> +
>>> + __init void * __must_check action(enum magic value, size_t size, u8 count,
>>> +				   char *fmt, ...) __printf(4, 5) __malloc;
>>
>> trivia: almost all fmt declarations should be const char *
> 
> Heh, good point!
> 
>>> +Note that for a function **definition** (i.e. the actual function body),
>>> +the compiler does not allow function parameter attributes after the
>>> +function parameters. In these cases, they should go after the storage
>>> +class attributes (e.g. note the changed position of ``__printf(4, 5)``
>>> +below, compared to the **declaration** example above)::
>>> +
>>> + static __always_inline __init __printf(4, 5) void * __must_check action(enum magic value,
>>> +		size_t size, u8 count, char *fmt, ...) __malloc
>>
>> here too, and 80 columns?
> 
> Kernel standard is now 100. *shrug*

That's more for exceptions, not the common rule.
AFAIUI.

> 
>>> + {
>>> +	...
>>> + }
>>
>> Or just put all the attributes before the storage class... <grumble/chuckle>
> 
> I hear ya...
> 


-- 
~Randy

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