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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ext3: Coding style fix in namei.c

2010-11-19 (금), 07:57 -0500, Theodore Tso:
> On Nov 19, 2010, at 5:13 AM, Namhyung Kim wrote:
> > * break long lines (using temp variables if needed)
> > * merge short lines
> > * put open brace on the same line
> > * use C89-style comments
> > * remove a space between function name and parenthesis
> > * remove a space between '*' and pointer name
> > * add a space after ','
> > * other random whitespace fixes
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Namhyung Kim <>
> What's the benefit of such massive cleanup patches, really? Does it
> really enhance readability _that_ much?
> I believe in cleaning up code as I make substantive, useful change, but
> code churn for code churn's sake has a number of downsides:
> *) It breaks other people's patches that might be pending (probably not
> as much of an issue for ext3)
> *) It makes it really easy to introduce
> security holes in code (although it looks like --- I haven't checked
> to make sure --- this shouldn't change the compiled code any so we can
> at least audit this by applying the patch, and then checking to make
> sure the .o hasn't changed. What really makes my skin crawl is a
> massive change like that which doesn't have zero impact on the
> compiled object code. If I get a patch like that, I reject it out of
> hand for ext4.)
> Bottom line is I really don't think cleanup code helps a lot. It
> wastes your time --- why not find some way of improving the kernel
> that has more impact --- and it wastes the time of the responsible
> maintainer (who has to go through the code with a fined-toothed comb
> to make sure there's nothing bad hidden in a massive patch like this).
> Best regards,
> -- Ted

Hi Ted,

I wrote this patch because checkpatch complains about the code when I
tried to write another. Since I saw many codes in namei.c doesn't
conform the kernel coding style so I decided to write this coding style
patch first and others on top of it. But if you think it is totally
useless, I'm fine with dropping it.

BTW, I just checked that compiled code itself has no change on x86_64,
but there was a change in .rodata section.


Namhyung Kim

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