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Date:	Tue, 25 Dec 2012 20:47:26 +0900
From:	Akinobu Mita <akinobu.mita@...il.com>
To:	Neil Horman <nhorman@...driver.com>
Cc:	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, akpm@...ux-foundation.org,
	Jesse Gross <jesse@...ira.com>,
	Venkat Venkatsubra <venkat.x.venkatsubra@...cle.com>,
	Vlad Yasevich <vyasevich@...il.com>,
	Sridhar Samudrala <sri@...ibm.com>,
	Steffen Klassert <steffen.klassert@...unet.com>,
	Herbert Xu <herbert@...dor.apana.org.au>,
	"David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
	linux-sctp@...r.kernel.org, dev@...nvswitch.org,
	netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 28/29] net/: rename net_random() to prandom_u32()

2012/12/25 Neil Horman <nhorman@...driver.com>:
> On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 11:14:15AM +0900, Akinobu Mita wrote:
>> Use more preferable function name which implies using a pseudo-random
>> number generator.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Akinobu Mita <akinobu.mita@...il.com>
>> Cc: Jesse Gross <jesse@...ira.com>
>> Cc: Venkat Venkatsubra <venkat.x.venkatsubra@...cle.com>
>> Cc: Vlad Yasevich <vyasevich@...il.com>
>> Cc: Sridhar Samudrala <sri@...ibm.com>
>> Cc: Neil Horman <nhorman@...driver.com>
>> Cc: Steffen Klassert <steffen.klassert@...unet.com>
>> Cc: Herbert Xu <herbert@...dor.apana.org.au>
>> Cc: "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>
>> Cc: linux-sctp@...r.kernel.org
>> Cc: dev@...nvswitch.org
>> Cc: netdev@...r.kernel.org
>> ---
>>  include/net/red.h         | 2 +-
>>  net/802/garp.c            | 2 +-
>>  net/openvswitch/actions.c | 2 +-
>>  net/rds/bind.c            | 2 +-
>>  net/sctp/socket.c         | 2 +-
>>  net/xfrm/xfrm_state.c     | 2 +-
>>  6 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
>>
> I'm largely indifferent to this patch, but I kind of feel like its just churn.
> Whats the real advantage in making this change?  I grant that it clearly
> indicates the type of random number generator we're using at a given call site,
> But for those using net_random, you probably don't care too much about
> the source of your random bits.  If you did really want true random vs.
> pseudo-random data, you need to explicitly use the right call.  You're previous
> patch series did good cleanup on differentiating the different random calls, but
> this just seems like its removing what is otherwise useful indirection.

I overlooked the importance of  net_random() indirection.
Thanks for the feedback. I'll leave all net_random() callers as-is in
the next version.
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