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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drm: move allocation out of drm_get_format_name()
Am 05.11.2016 um 17:49 schrieb Rob Clark:
> On Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 12:38 PM, Eric Engestrom <> wrote:
>> On Saturday, 2016-11-05 13:11:36 +0100, Christian König wrote:
>>> Am 05.11.2016 um 02:33 schrieb Eric Engestrom:
>>>> +typedef char drm_format_name_buf[32];
>>> Please don't use a typedef for this, just define the maximum size of
>>> characters the function might write somewhere.
>>> See the kernel coding style as well:
>>>> In general, a pointer, or a struct that has elements that can reasonably
>>>> be directly accessed should **never** be a typedef.
>> I would normally agree as I tend to hate typedefs ($DAYJOB {ab,mis}uses
>> them way too much), and your way was what I wrote at first, but Rob Clark's
>> typedef idea makes it much harder for someone to allocate a buffer of
>> the wrong size, which IMO is good thing here.
> IMHO I would make a small test program to verify this actually helps
> the compiler catch problems. And if it does, I would stick with it.
> The coding-style should be guidelines, not something that supersedes
> common sense / practicality.

Well completely agree that we should be able to question the coding
style rules, but when we do it we discuss this on a the mailing list
first and then start to use it in code. Not the other way around.

> That is my $0.02 anyways.. if others vehemently disagree and want to
> dogmatically stick to the coding-style guidelines, ok then. OTOH, if
> this approach doesn't help the compiler catch issues, then it isn't
> worth it.

Yeah, exactly that's the point. If I'm not completely mistaken the
compiler won't issue a warning here if you pass an array with the wrong

I think you need something like "struct drm_format_name_buf { char
str[32]; };" to trigger this.

Apart from that is this function really called so often that using
kasprintf() is a problem here? Or is there another motivation behind the


> BR,
> -R
>> I can rewrite the typedef out if you think it's better.
>> Cheers,
>> Eric
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