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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/45] kstrtox: converting strings to integers done (hopefully) right
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On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 2:25 AM, Jesper Juhl <jj@chaosbits.net> wrote:
> On Sun, 5 Dec 2010, Alexey Dobriyan wrote:
>> Note: sizeof and __alignof__ trick is done to save function call
>>       where types aren't distinguishable.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Alexey Dobriyan <adobriyan@gmail.com>
>> ---
> <snip>
>> +/* Internal, do not use. */
>> +int _kstrtol(const char *s, unsigned int base, long *res)
>> +{
>> +     long long tmp;
>> +     int rv;
>> +
>> +     rv = kstrtoll(s, base, &tmp);
>> +     if (rv < 0)
>> +             return rv;
>> +     if (tmp != (long long)(long)tmp)
>> +             return -EINVAL;
>> +     *res = tmp;
>> +     return 0;
>> +}
>> +EXPORT_SYMBOL(_kstrtol);
>
> Ok, probably I'm just being dense, but the "_" prefix tells me I probably
> shouldn't use this function. The comment clearly tells me I shouldn't use
> this function.
> So, why is this exported? And if it is not/should not be exported, then
> why is it not static?
> (goes for other functions in this patch as well).

It is used by kstrtol() if "long" and "long long" aren't the same type.
I can't ifdef it because gcc doesn't allow "#if sizeof(long long) == ".
"Do not use" hints "use kstrtol()".
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