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From: Andy Shevchenko <>
To: Alexandru Ardelean <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] lib/string: update match_string() doc-strings with correct behavior
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 18:46:27 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 04:47:23PM +0200, Alexandru Ardelean wrote:
> There were a few attempts at changing behavior of the match_string()
> helpers (i.e. 'match_string()' & 'sysfs_match_string()'), to change &
> extend the behavior according to the doc-string.
> But the simplest approach is to just fix the doc-strings. The current
> behavior is fine as-is, and some bugs were introduced trying to fix it.
> As for extending the behavior, new helpers can always be introduced if
> needed.
> The match_string() helpers behave more like 'strncmp()' in the sense that
> they go up to n elements or until the first NULL element in the array of
> strings.
> This change updates the doc-strings with this info.
> Some references to the previous attempts (in no particular order):


>  /**
>   * match_string - matches given string in an array
>   * @array:	array of strings
> - * @n:		number of strings in the array or -1 for NULL terminated arrays
> + * @n:		number of strings in the array to compare

But this change won't be helpful, it actually hides the part of behaviour that
is being used.

>   * @string:	string to match with
>   *
> + * This routine will look for a string in an array of strings up to the
> + * n-th element in the array or until the first NULL element.
> + *

Perhaps this needs to be rephrased. Because now it has completely hidden the -1 case.

>   * Return:
>   * index of a @string in the @array if matches, or %-EINVAL otherwise.
>   */

Ditto for the second part.

With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko

  reply	other threads:[~2020-02-12 16:46 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-02-12 14:47 [PATCH] lib/string: update match_string() doc-strings with correct behavior Alexandru Ardelean
2020-02-12 16:46 ` Andy Shevchenko [this message]
2020-02-13  7:09   ` Ardelean, Alexandru
2020-02-13  7:27 ` [PATCH v2] " Alexandru Ardelean
2020-02-13  9:36   ` Andy Shevchenko

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