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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] String conversions for memory policy
    Hmmm ... my previous reaction to this conversion code, when you posted
    an ancestor of this patch on linux-mm, got buried in the crypically
    terse term 'complex API', and that thread went on to discuss matters
    of greater substance, such as whether one thread could or should
    manipulate the memory policies of another.

    I guess it's time I dealt directly with this code ...

    My first suspicion on reading it is that it might partially duplicate
    some string conversion code and syntax that is already present in
    the kernel for other purposes. For example the nodelists might
    replicate the lists of numbers supported by bitmap_scnlistprintf
    and bitmap_parselist.

    However, since no documentation is presented to describe this new
    micro-micro-language for describing memory policies, it is difficult to
    know what the syntax is, without reverse engineering it from the code.

    So ... how about documenting this string format, then we can discuss
    both the syntax and its implementation.

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    I won't rest till it's the best ...
    Programmer, Linux Scalability
    Paul Jackson <pj@sgi.com> 1.925.600.0401
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