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SubjectRe: Coding style - a non-issue
On Sat, 1 Dec 2001 00:14:54 -0500 (EST)
Alexander Viro <> wrote:

> On Fri, 30 Nov 2001, Mike Fedyk wrote:
> > This is Linux-Kernel. Each developer is on their own on how they pay the
> > their bills. The question is... Why not accept a *driver* that *works* but
> > the source doesn't look so good?
> Because this "works" may very well include exploitable buffer overruns in
> kernel mode. I had seen that - ioctl() assuming that nobody would pass

And: bad code spreads. Anyone who has done infrastructure change in the
kernel sees this: people copy (presumed) working code.

Hence I now lean towards "change EVERYTHING" rather than "wrap old source, add
new", and "fix even if not broken", eg. my "set_bit needs a long" patch which
also changed x86-specific code (where it doesn't matter).

Anyone who quotes me is an idiot. -- Rusty Russell.
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