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SubjectRe: [PATCH 10/18] rhashtable: remove rhashtable_walk_peek()
On Tue, Jun 05 2018, Tom Herbert wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM, NeilBrown <neilb@suse.com> wrote:
>
>> On Mon, Jun 04 2018, Tom Herbert wrote:
>>
>> >>
>> >> Maybe a useful way forward would be for you to write documentation for
>> >> the rhashtable_walk_peek() interface which correctly describes what it
>> >> does and how it is used. Given that, I can implement that interface
>> >> with the stability improvements that I'm working on.
>> >>
>> >
>> > Here's how it's documented currently:
>> >
>> > "rhashtable_walk_peek - Return the next object but don't advance the
>> iterator"
>> >
>> > I don't see what is incorrect about that.
>>
>> rhashtable_walk_next is documented:
>>
>> * rhashtable_walk_next - Return the next object and advance the iterator
>>
>> So it seems reasonable to assume that you get the same object, no matter
>> which one you call. Yet this is not (necessarily) the case.
>>
>>
>> > Peek returns the next object
>> > in the walk, however does not move the iterator past that object, so
>> > sucessive calls to peek return the same object. In other words it's a
>> > way to inspect the next object but not "consume" it. This is what is
>> > needed when netlink returns in the middle of a walk. The last object
>> > retrieved from the table may not have been processed completely, so it
>> > needs to be the first one processed on the next invocation to netlink.
>>
>> I completely agree with this last sentence.
>> We typically need to process the last object retrieved. This could also
>> be described as the previously retrieved object.
>> So rhashtable_walk_last() and rhashtable_walk_prev() might both be
>> suitable names, though each is open to misinterpretation.
>>
>
> rhashtable_walk_last is better, but still could have the connotation that
> it returns the last element in the list or table. How about
> rhashtable_walk_last_seen or rhashtable_walk_last_iter?

I'd be quite happy with rhashtable_walk_last_seen().
I also be happy to keep rhasthable_walk_peek() but to implement it
as
rhashtable_walk_last_seen() ?: rhashtable_walk_next()

I'll send patches to that effect some time this week.

Thanks,
NeilBrown
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