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Subjectgotos in kernel [Was: Re: any chance of 2.6.0-test*?]
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Rob Wilkens <robw@optonline.net> said:
> I'm REALLY opposed to the use of the word "goto" in any code where it's
> not needed. OF course, I'm a linux kernel newbie, so I'm in no position
> to comment

My, my, my, an anti-goto zealot now.

> Let me comment below the relevant code snippet below as to how I would
> change it:
>
> On Sun, 2003-01-12 at 14:15, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > if (spin_trylock(&tty_lock.lock))
> > goto got_lock;
> > if (tsk == tty_lock.lock_owner) {
> > WARN_ON(!tty_lock.lock_count);
> > tty_lock.lock_count++;
> > return flags;
> > }
> > spin_lock(&tty_lock.lock);
> > got_lock:
> > WARN_ON(tty_lock.lock_owner);
> <etc...>
>
> I would change it to something like the following (without testing the
> code through a compiler or anything to see if it's valid):

It just to happens that sometimes the compiler generates stupid code for
goto-less solutions. While the famous "no goto needed" theorem is certainly
true, it duplicates lots of code to get rid of gotos, and that is a no -
never - only over my dead body proposition in a kernel that tries to be as
fast as humanly possible.

And if used with care and good taste, a goto can lead to clearer, more
understandable (and thus more probably correct) code. Just look up what
sort of "programming style" Dijkstra was complaining about when asking to
ban gotos, and what D. E. Knuth has to say on structured programming with
gotos.
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