lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2011]   [Apr]   [27]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
    /
    SubjectRe: [PATCH] linux/string.h: Introduce streq macro.
    From
    Date
    On Wed, 2011-04-27 at 22:46 +0100, Al Viro wrote:

    > That's the whole fucking _point_; adding random extensions to the language
    > leads to the place where Pascal and LISP are and it's not pretty. Each
    > might make sense taken separately (hell, bzero(3) would prevent real, honest
    > to Cthulhu bugs - it's memset(p, 0, n) and we had memset-with-swapped-arguments
    > bugs fairly often and yes, in our tree most of memset() callers do pass '\0'
    > as the second argument). Pile enough of those together and you've got yourself
    > a dialect only you understand. _Bad_ idea, since the next thing that happens
    > is different dialects in different parts of tree. And the end of non-incestous
    > code review and fixes. I've seen it first-hand (OK, second - I had enough
    > sense to stay out of that particular clusterfuck) on Algol 68 codebase. I
    > *really*, *really* do not want to see anything similar ever again. Especially
    > on projects I can't just piss upon and walk away from. The fact that in C
    > you *can* extend the language that way doesn't make it a good idea.
    >

    So in translating the above I have:

    "Don't do this because you are opening up a door that will lead to
    extension hell"

    Am I correct?

    If I am, then I will take that as a reason not to add it and leave it at
    that.

    -- Steve




    \
     
     \ /
      Last update: 2011-04-28 02:09    [from the cache]
    ©2003-2014 Jasper Spaans. Advertise on this site