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Date:	Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:39:20 -0700
From:	Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>
To:	Alexei Starovoitov <ast@...mgrid.com>
Cc:	"David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Andy Lutomirski <luto@...capital.net>,
	Steven Rostedt <rostedt@...dmis.org>,
	Daniel Borkmann <dborkman@...hat.com>,
	Chema Gonzalez <chema@...gle.com>,
	Eric Dumazet <edumazet@...gle.com>,
	Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@...llo.nl>,
	Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@...radead.org>,
	Jiri Olsa <jolsa@...hat.com>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Linux API <linux-api@...r.kernel.org>,
	Network Development <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC v2 net-next 02/16] bpf: update MAINTAINERS entry

On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM, Alexei Starovoitov <ast@...mgrid.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:37 AM, Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org> wrote:
>> On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 9:19 PM, Alexei Starovoitov <ast@...mgrid.com> wrote:
>>> Signed-off-by: Alexei Starovoitov <ast@...mgrid.com>
>>> ---
>>>  MAINTAINERS |    7 +++++++
>>>  1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)
>>>
>>> diff --git a/MAINTAINERS b/MAINTAINERS
>>> index ae8cd00215b2..32e24ff46da3 100644
>>> --- a/MAINTAINERS
>>> +++ b/MAINTAINERS
>>> @@ -1912,6 +1912,13 @@ S:       Supported
>>>  F:     drivers/net/bonding/
>>>  F:     include/uapi/linux/if_bonding.h
>>>
>>> +BPF (Safe dynamic programs and tools)
>>
>> bikeshed: I feel like this shouldn't be an acronym. Maybe instead:
>>
>> BERKELEY PACKET FILTER (BPF: Safe dynamic programs and tools)
>
> pile on :)
>
> I think eBPF is no longer acronym. 'e' stands for 'extended',
> but BPF is no longer 'packet filter' only and definitely not 'berkeley'.
> So I'd rather keep BPF as a magic abbreviation without spelling it out,
> since full name is historic and no longer meaningful.
> I've considered coming up with brand new abbreviation and full name
> for this instruction set, but none looked good and all lose in comparison
> to 'eBPF' name, which is concise and carries enough historical
> references to explain the idea behind new ISA.

Yeah, that's a fair point. No sense in using "BEE PEE EFF" :)

-Kees

-- 
Kees Cook
Chrome OS Security
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