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Date:	Mon, 02 Jul 2007 14:56:50 +0200
From:	Patrick McHardy <>
To:	Johannes Berg <>
CC:, Zhang Rui <>,,
	"linux-acpi@...r" <>,,
	Thomas Graf <>
Subject: Re: Fwd: [PATCH] [-mm] ACPI: export ACPI events via netlink

Johannes Berg wrote:
> On Sat, 2007-06-30 at 11:32 -0400, jamal wrote:
>>>+			NLA_PUT_U32(skb, CTRL_ATTR_MCAST_GRP_ID, grp->id);
>>>+				       grp->name);
>>Consider my earlier suggestion to use CTRL_ATTR_MCAST_GRP which has both
>>id and name in one struct.
> Yeah I thought about that but then saw Patrick's patches to convert
> other things away from structs so I wasn't sure what the idea here is.
> Patrick, care to comment?

For information that belongs together logically a struct is fine.
The main reason to use nested attributes is when you only have a
single attribute to store your data in (for example TCA_OPTIONS
for qdiscs). In that case a nested attribute should be used to
allow to extend it in the future. Below that nested attribute
you could put a struct of course.

In this case I think using a string attribute instead of a fixed
sized structure also makes sense for a different reason. Its
unlikely that groups will really use the maximum name length
allowed, so it should save some bandwidth.

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