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Date:   Wed, 19 Jan 2022 16:16:12 +0200
From:   Jani Nikula <jani.nikula@...ux.intel.com>
To:     Petr Mladek <pmladek@...e.com>,
        Lucas De Marchi <lucas.demarchi@...el.com>
Cc:     linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, intel-gfx@...ts.freedesktop.org,
        dri-devel@...ts.freedesktop.org, amd-gfx@...ts.freedesktop.org,
        linux-security-module@...r.kernel.org,
        nouveau@...ts.freedesktop.org, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
        Alex Deucher <alexander.deucher@....com>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Andy Shevchenko <andriy.shevchenko@...ux.intel.com>,
        Andy Shevchenko <andy.shevchenko@...il.com>,
        Ben Skeggs <bskeggs@...hat.com>,
        Christian König <christian.koenig@....com>,
        Chris Wilson <chris@...is-wilson.co.uk>,
        Daniel Vetter <daniel@...ll.ch>,
        David Airlie <airlied@...ux.ie>,
        "David S . Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
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        Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>,
        Joonas Lahtinen <joonas.lahtinen@...ux.intel.com>,
        Julia Lawall <julia.lawall@...6.fr>,
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        Mikita Lipski <mikita.lipski@....com>,
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        Raju Rangoju <rajur@...lsio.com>,
        Rasmus Villemoes <linux@...musvillemoes.dk>,
        Rodrigo Vivi <rodrigo.vivi@...el.com>,
        Sakari Ailus <sakari.ailus@...ux.intel.com>,
        Sergey Senozhatsky <sergey.senozhatsky@...il.com>,
        Steven Rostedt <rostedt@...dmis.org>,
        Vishal Kulkarni <vishal@...lsio.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/3] lib/string_helpers: Add a few string helpers

On Wed, 19 Jan 2022, Petr Mladek <pmladek@...e.com> wrote:
> On Tue 2022-01-18 23:24:47, Lucas De Marchi wrote:
>> Add some helpers under lib/string_helpers.h so they can be used
>> throughout the kernel. When I started doing this there were 2 other
>> previous attempts I know of, not counting the iterations each of them
>> had:
>> 
>> 1) https://lore.kernel.org/all/20191023131308.9420-1-jani.nikula@intel.com/
>> 2) https://lore.kernel.org/all/20210215142137.64476-1-andriy.shevchenko@linux.intel.com/#t
>> 
>> Going through the comments I tried to find some common ground and
>> justification for what is in here, addressing some of the concerns
>> raised.
>> 
>> d. This doesn't bring onoff() helper as there are some places in the
>>    kernel with onoff as variable - another name is probably needed for
>>    this function in order not to shadow the variable, or those variables
>>    could be renamed.  Or if people wanting  <someprefix>
>>    try to find a short one
>
> I would call it str_on_off().
>
> And I would actually suggest to use the same style also for
> the other helpers.
>
> The "str_" prefix would make it clear that it is something with
> string. There are other <prefix>_on_off() that affect some
> functionality, e.g. mute_led_on_off(), e1000_vlan_filter_on_off().
>
> The dash '_' would significantly help to parse the name. yesno() and
> onoff() are nicely short and kind of acceptable. But "enabledisable()"
> is a puzzle.
>
> IMHO, str_yes_no(), str_on_off(), str_enable_disable() are a good
> compromise.
>
> The main motivation should be code readability. You write the
> code once. But many people will read it many times. Open coding
> is sometimes better than misleading macro names.
>
> That said, I do not want to block this patchset. If others like
> it... ;-)

I don't mind the names either way. Adding the prefix and dashes is
helpful in that it's possible to add the functions first and convert
users at leisure, though with a bunch of churn, while using names that
collide with existing ones requires the changes to happen in one go.

What I do mind is grinding this series to a halt once again. I sent a
handful of versions of this three years ago, with inconclusive
bikeshedding back and forth, eventually threw my hands up in disgust,
and walked away.

>
>
>> e. One alternative to all of this suggested by Christian König
>>    (43456ba7-c372-84cc-4949-dcb817188e21@....com) would be to add a
>>    printk format. But besides the comment, he also seemed to like
>>    the common function. This brought the argument from others that the
>>    simple yesno()/enabledisable() already used in the code is easier to
>>    remember and use than e.g. %py[DOY]
>
> Thanks for not going this way :-)
>
>> Last patch also has some additional conversion of open coded cases. I
>> preferred starting with drm/ since this is "closer to home".
>> 
>> I hope this is a good summary of the previous attempts and a way we can
>> move forward.
>> 
>> Andrew Morton, Petr Mladek, Andy Shevchenko: if this is accepted, my
>> proposal is to take first 2 patches either through mm tree or maybe
>> vsprintf. Last patch can be taken later through drm.
>
> I agree with Andy that it should go via drm tree. It would make it
> easier to handle potential conflicts.
>
> Just in case, you decide to go with str_yes_no() or something similar.
> Mass changes are typically done at the end on the merge window.
> The best solution is when it can be done by a script.
>
> Best Regards,
> Petr

-- 
Jani Nikula, Intel Open Source Graphics Center

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