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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6 03/24] erofs: add super block operations
On Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 8:16 PM Gao Xiang <> wrote:
> Hi Christoph,
> On Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 09:39:10AM -0700, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 06:50:48PM +0800, Gao Xiang wrote:
> > > > Please use an erofs_ prefix for all your functions.
> > >
> > > It is already a static function, I have no idea what is wrong here.
> >
> > Which part of all wasn't clear? Have you looked at the prefixes for
> > most functions in the various other big filesystems?
> I will add erofs prefix to free_inode as you said.
> At least, all non-prefix functions in erofs are all static functions,
> it won't pollute namespace... I will add "erofs_" to other meaningful
> callbacks...And as you can see...
> cifs/cifsfs.c
> 1303:cifs_init_inodecache(void)
> 1509: rc = cifs_init_inodecache();
> hpfs/super.c
> 254:static int init_inodecache(void)
> 771: int err = init_inodecache();
> minix/inode.c
> 84:static int __init init_inodecache(void)
> 665: int err = init_inodecache();

Hi Gao,

"They did it first" is never a good reply for code review comments.
Nobody cares if you copy&paste code with init_inodecache().
I understand why you thought static function names do not pollute
the (linker) namespace, but they do pollute the global namespace.

free_inode() as a local function name is one of the worst examples
for VFS namespace pollution.

VFS code uses function names like those a lot in the global namespace, e.g.:

For example from recent history of namespace collision caused by your line
of thinking, see:
e6fd2093a85d md: namespace private helper names

Besides, you really have nothing to loose from prefixing everything
with erofs_, do you? It's better for review, for debugging...


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