[PATCH] Cleanup: replace prefered with preferred

Mark Salyzyn salyzyn at android.com
Wed Oct 23 15:40:59 UTC 2019

On 10/23/19 4:56 AM, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 02:41:45PM -0700, Mark Salyzyn wrote:
>> Replace all occurrences of prefered with preferred to make future
>> checkpatch.pl's happy.  A few places the incorrect spelling is
>> matched with the correct spelling to preserve existing user space API.
>> Signed-off-by: Mark Salyzyn <salyzyn at android.com>
> I'd fix such things when the code is otherwise change and scope this
> patch only to Documentation/. There is no pragmatic benefit of doing
> this for the code.
> /Jarkko

The pragmatic benefit comes with the use of an ABI/API checker (which is 
a 'distro' thing, not a top of tree kernel thing) produces its map which 
is typically required to be co-located in the same tree as the kernel 
repository. Quite a few ABI/API update checkins result in a 
checkpatch.pl complaint about the misspelled elements being 
(re-)recorded due to proximity. We have a separate task to improve how 
it is tracked in Android to reduce milepost marker changes that result 
in sweeping changes to the database which would reduce the occurrences.

I will split this between pure and inert documentation/comments for now, 
with a followup later for the code portion which understandably is more 

Cleanup is the least appreciated part of kernel maintenance ;-}.

Sincerely -- Mark Salyzyn

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