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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/12] ping.h: Remove extern from function prototypes
On 23/09/13 12:16, Joe Perches wrote:
> On Mon, 2013-09-23 at 11:59 +1000, Ryan Mallon wrote:
>> This seems like a lot of code churn for very little benefit. At a quick
>> glance:
>> git grep extern include/ | wc -l
>> 11427
>> Not all of those will need to be removed, but that is still a huge
>> number to change, and doesn't include extern usage in C files or local
>> headers. You are probably never going to remove all the instances, so
>> what is the point of just randomly doing a handful?
> Rather more than a handful.
> The ratio of function prototypes without extern to
> function prototypes with extern is currently ~2.5:1
> So:
> Standardization without extern
> Line count reduction (~10%)
> Miscellaneous neatening at the same time
> Removal of all unnecessary externs from include/net
> There are ~8500 instances in include/
> There are ~1500 instances in include/net/
> After this series, 0 in include/net/
> Start somewhere, go from there...
> $ git grep -E "^\s*\bextern(\s+\w+){1,4}\s*\(\s*[^\*]" include/ | wc -l
> 8395
> $ git grep -E "^\s*\bextern(\s+\w+){1,4}\s*\(\s*[^\*]" include/net/ | wc -l
> 1471

Right, and:

$ git grep -E "^\s*\bextern(\s+\w+){1,4}\s*\(\s*[^\*]" | wc -l

Since there are lots of local/arch headers, and there are uses of extern
function prototypes in C files.

I don't see the real benefit though. Its like trying to "clean-up" the
difference between "unsigned x" and "unsigned int x", or any number of
other minor style differences. Either version, with or without the
extern, is correct, valid C code. Plus you will get people adding new
instances of extern because they don't know any better. A checkpatch
rule might help, but we all know how often people run that...


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