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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] dm ioctl: Delete an unnecessary check before the function call "dm_table_destroy"
On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 4:55 AM, SF Markus Elfring
<elfring@users.sourceforge.net> wrote:
>> Your proposed patch (while technically correct) hurts code clarity.
>
> How many source code readability and understanding challenges does each
> additional condition check cause?

Please don't make a mountain out of a mole hill in an attempt to
defend your robotic patch (I'm quite tired of some of these static
analyzer patch submissions).

FYI, I did stage your other patch for 3.20, see:
https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/device-mapper/linux-dm.git/commit/?h=dm-for-3.20&id=d0ce7e911c97c7c6df1081dcedfefced82a0c6bf

> Can the affected place become also a bit more efficient?

Efficiency isn't a concern in this instance (it isn't a hot IO path).
And even if it were, a branch (with current code) is more efficient vs
a a jump + branch (your proposed patch) -- in the case that no active
table exists. Now if it likely that old_map does exist then yes your
patch is always a very slight win.

But given the duality of the calling function (deals with loading a
new map and destroying the old map if it exists) I prefer to keep the
code as is. Sorry.


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