[PATCH 0/3] lib/string_helpers: Add a few string helpers

Petr Mladek pmladek at suse.com
Thu Jan 20 08:38:04 UTC 2022

On Wed 2022-01-19 16:16:12, Jani Nikula wrote:
> On Wed, 19 Jan 2022, Petr Mladek <pmladek at suse.com> wrote:
> > On Tue 2022-01-18 23:24:47, Lucas De Marchi wrote:
> >> 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.

It is also possible to support both notations at the beginning.
And convert the existing users in the 2nd step.

> 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.

Yeah, and I am sorry for bikeshedding. Honestly, I do not know what is
better. This is why I do not want to block this series when others
like this.

My main motivation is to point out that:


might be, for some people, more eye bleeding than

    enable ? "enable" : "disable"

The problem is not that visible with yesno() and onoff(). But as you said,
onoff() confliscts with variable names. And enabledisable() sucks.
As a result, there is a non-trivial risk of two mass changes:


- contition ? "yes" : "no"
+ yesno(condition)

a few moths later:

- yesno(condition)
+ str_yes_no(condition)

Best Regards,

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