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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/26] constify local structures


Jarkko Sakkinen <> writes:
> On Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 10:54:07AM +0200, Julia Lawall wrote:
>> On Sun, 11 Sep 2016, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
>> > On Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 03:05:42PM +0200, Julia Lawall wrote:
>> > > Constify local structures.
>> > >
>> > > The semantic patch that makes this change is as follows:
>> > > (
>> >
>> > Just my two cents but:
>> >
>> > 1. You *can* use a static analysis too to find bugs or other issues.
>> > 2. However, you should manually do the commits and proper commit
>> > messages to subsystems based on your findings. And I generally think
>> > that if one contributes code one should also at least smoke test changes
>> > somehow.
>> >
>> > I don't know if I'm alone with my opinion. I just think that one should
>> > also do the analysis part and not blindly create and submit patches.
>> All of the patches are compile tested. And the individual patches are
> Compile-testing is not testing. If you are not able to test a commit,
> you should explain why.

Dude, Julia has been doing semantic patching for years already and
nobody has raised any concerns so far. There's already an expectation
that Coccinelle *works* and Julia's sematic patches are sound.

Besides, adding 'const' is something that causes virtually no functional
changes to the point that build-testing is really all you need. Any
problems caused by adding 'const' to a definition will be seen by build
errors or warnings.

Really, just stop with the pointless discussion and go read a bit about
Coccinelle and what semantic patches are giving you. The work done by
Julia and her peers are INRIA have measurable benefits.

You're really making a thunderstorm in a glass of water.

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