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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/5] serial: core: add sysfs attribute to suppress ready signalling on open
On Tue, Dec 01, 2020 at 12:55:54PM +0200, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 1, 2020 at 10:20 AM Johan Hovold <johan@kernel.org> wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 08:27:54PM +0200, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> > > On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 5:42 PM Johan Hovold <johan@kernel.org> wrote:
>
> > > > + ret = kstrtouint(buf, 0, &val);
> > > > + if (ret)
> > > > + return ret;
> > >
> > > > + if (val > 1)
> > > > + return -EINVAL;
> > >
> > > Can't we utilise kstrtobool() instead?
> >
> > I chose not to as kstrtobool() results in a horrid interface. To many
> > options to do the same thing and you end up with confusing things like
> > "0x01" being accepted but treated as false (as only the first character
> > is considered).
>
> And this is perfectly fine. 0x01 is not boolean.

0x01 is 1 and is generally treated as boolean true as you know.

So why should a sysfs-interface accept it as valid input and treat it as
false? That's just bad design.

> > Not sure how that ever made it into sysfs code...
> >
> > The attribute is read back as "0" or "1" and those are precisely the
> > values that can be written back (well, modulo radix).
>
> So, how does it affect the kstrtobool() interface?
> You read back 0 and 1 and they are pretty much accepted by it.
>
> > It's not relevant in this case, but tight control over the inputs also
> > allows for extending the range later.
>
> And kstrtobool() does it. So I don't see any difference except a few
> less lines of code and actually *stricter* rules than kstrtouint()
> has.

You miss the point; kstrobool accepts "12" today and treats it as true.
You cannot extend such an interface to later accept a larger range than
0 and 1 as you didn't return an error for "12" from the start (as someone
might now rely on "12" being treated as "1").

Johan

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