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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm] Introduce strtol_check_range()
On Fri, Aug 03, 2007 at 02:29:06PM +0530, Satyam Sharma wrote:
> On Fri, 3 Aug 2007, Jan Engelhardt wrote:
>
> >
> > On Aug 2 2007 05:16, Satyam Sharma wrote:
> > >
> > >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, 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.
> >
> > errstr (well, at least for strtol) are useful to find the first character that
> > does not make up a number (and then do whatever the user wants to, including,
> > continuing to parse). For example "chown 0:1337", strtol on "0:1337" should
> > give errstr=pointer to the ":", then check for it being a ':', then you know
> > the next char is the GID. :)
>
> We were actually discussing the "errstr" that's the fourth argument of
> BSD's strtonum(3) which has quite radically different semantics [1]
> from the "endptr" argument of strtol(3).

Glad you've noticed.

> Anyway, I originally
> misunderstood the interface / the correct way to be using that function
> as I later mentioned in the other mail -- also see the answer to point
> #3 in [2]. Porting it over to here does sound like a good idea.

> [1] http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=strtonum&apropos=0&sektion=3&manpath=FreeBSD+7-current&format=html
> [2] http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-current/2005-April/048744.html

Actually, strtonum() rejects "42\n" which means we can't massively use
it. :-(

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