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SubjectRe: C99 Initialisers
On Tue, 12 Aug 2003 20:31:41 -0400 Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@pobox.com> wrote:

| Randy.Dunlap wrote:
| > On Tue, 12 Aug 2003 20:02:03 -0400 Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@pobox.com> wrote:
| >
| > | Greg KH wrote:
| > | > In the end, it's up to the maintainer of the driver what they want to
| > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| > | > do. So, Jeff and David, here's a patch against the latest 2.6.0-test3
| > | > tg3.c that converts the pci_device_id table to C99 initializers. If you
| > | > want to, please apply it.
| >
| > I strongly agree with Greg's comment above.
| > |
| > | it expands a few lines to a bazillion :( I would rather leave it as
| > | is... you'll find several PCI ethernet drivers with pci_device_id
| > | entries that fit entirely on one line, and I think that compactness has
| > | value at least to me.
| >
| > However, I would change for readability. Maybe not my readability,
| > but for all others who read and try to help maintain all of Linux
| > source code.
|
|
| I find the compact form quite readable, and comfortable on the eyes.

and since you are the drivers/net/ maintainer, you can make the decision.
However, in the end, it's not just about you. You are the primary
maintainer but not the only user or maintainer of those drivers.

| Users don't seem to complain, either. I get compact-form pci_device_id
| patches from Joe Sixpack quite often :)
|
| Expanding this device id struct to use C99 initializers isn't terribly
| scalable: once you get past just a few ids, you bloat up the source
| code considerably. I would much rather move the PCI ids out of the
| drivers altogether, into some metadata file(s) in the kernel source
| tree, than bloat up tg3, tulip, e100, and the other PCI id-heavy
| drivers' source code.

That last few lines certainly sounds desirable.

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~Randy For Linux-2.6, see:
http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/davej/misc/post-halloween-2.5.txt
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