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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm] Introduce strtol_check_range()
On Thu, Aug 02, 2007 at 05:16:59AM +0530, Satyam Sharma wrote:
> On Wed, 1 Aug 2007, Alexey Dobriyan wrote:
>
> > On Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 10:04:10PM +0530, Satyam Sharma wrote:
> > > Callers (especially "store" functions for sysfs or configfs attributes)
> > > that want to convert an input string to a number may often also want to
> > > check for simple input sanity or allowable range. strtol10_check_range()
> > > of netconsole does this, so extract it out into lib/vsprintf.c, make it
> > > generic w.r.t. base, and export it to the rest of the kernel and modules.
> >
> > > --- a/drivers/net/netconsole.c
> > > +++ b/drivers/net/netconsole.c
> > > @@ -335,9 +307,11 @@ static ssize_t store_enabled(struct netconsole_target *nt,
> > > int err;
> > > long enabled;
> > >
> > > - enabled = strtol10_check_range(buf, 0, 1);
> > > - if (enabled < 0)
> > > + enabled = strtol_check_range(buf, 0, 1, 10);
> > > + if (enabled < 0) {
> > > + printk(KERN_ERR "netconsole: invalid input\n");
> > > return enabled;
> > > + }
> >
> > Please, copy strtonum() from BSD instead. Nobody needs another
> > home-grown converter.
>
> BSD's strtonum(3) is a detestful, horrible shame.
>
> The strtol_check_range() I implemented here does _all_ that strtonum()
> does, plus is generic w.r.t. base,

What you did with base argument is creating opportunity to fsckup,
namely, forgetting that base is last and putting it second.

> and minus the tasteless "errstr"
> argument.
>
> Tell me, how does that "errstr" ever make sense? We _anyway_ return
> errors (-EINVAL or -ERANGE) if any of those cases show up. And
> _because_ we use negative numbers to return errors, we can't use this
> function to convert negative inputs anyway ... an appropriate error
> message can always be outputted by the caller itself. [ hence the
> two WARN_ON's I added here ]
>
> But yeah, considering this implementation is so similar to strtonum(3)
> (minus the shortcomings, that is :-) we can probably rename it to
> something like kstrtonum() ...

> and we should probably be returning
> different errors for the two invalid conditions, yes.

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