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SubjectRe: Use enum to declare errno values
I'm going to regret jumping in on this.

On Sat, 2005-12-03 at 01:07 +0800, Coywolf Qi Hunt wrote:
> 2005/12/3, Bill Davidsen <>:
> > Coywolf Qi Hunt wrote:
> >
> > > This is a reason why enums are worse than #defines.
> > >
> > > Unlike in other languages, C enum is not much useful in practices.
> >
> > Actually they are highly useful if you know how to use them. They allow
> > type checking, have auto increment, and are part of the language instead
> > of a feature of the preprocessor.
> Yes, I know type checking and auto increment. But they are not
> worthwhile, at least not for serious C programming. No, I don't know
> how to use them comfortably.

Hmm, I like to use a lot of both enums and macros (defines). I use
defines mostly for general constants and emums for enumerations.
Although it can be argued that errno should be enums, I would prefer
them as macros. Especially since they then can be used in asm. (.S

I seldom use enums for kernel programming though. I use it just to
define a list of numbers where I don't care what their value is (usually
for transition states). I use defines when I do. Because errno does
depend on the value (for glibc to figure them out too) then I think
defines are better.

But in user space programming I use enums more often than defines,
because gdb can convert the number into a name. So instead of seeing
x=0x1234 I see x=FOO.

-- Steve

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