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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4] lib/string.c: implement a basic bcmp
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On 14/03/2019 10.57, David Laight wrote:
> From: Nick Desaulniers
>> Sent: 13 March 2019 21:14
> ...
>> diff --git a/include/linux/string.h b/include/linux/string.h
>> index 7927b875f80c..6ab0a6fa512e 100644
>> --- a/include/linux/string.h
>> +++ b/include/linux/string.h
>> @@ -150,6 +150,9 @@ extern void * memscan(void *,int,__kernel_size_t);
>> #ifndef __HAVE_ARCH_MEMCMP
>> extern int memcmp(const void *,const void *,__kernel_size_t);
>> #endif
>> +#ifndef __HAVE_ARCH_BCMP
>> +extern int bcmp(const void *,const void *,__kernel_size_t);
>> +#endif
>
> Shouldn't that prototype always be present?

Yes and no. The problem is that asm/string.h may decide to implement
bcmp (or memcpy, memset, strcpy, ...) as a macro, which would break
rather badly when used to declare the function. And we can't undef the
macro temporarily. So I think the convention is that asm/string.h
provides the prototype before it #defines the macro, see e.g.
arch/x86/include/asm/string_32.h which has a #define of memcpy.

There is a fix for the "may be defined as a function-like macro", which is

extern int (bcmp)(const void *,const void *,__kernel_size_t);

I'd like to see that used rather than the ad hoc convention, but it is
of course somewhat unconventional C.

Rasmus

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