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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] printk: Fix preferred console selection with multiple matches
On (20/01/06 11:25), Petr Mladek wrote:
> On Mon 2020-01-06 14:15:08, Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:
> > On (19/12/20 10:11), Petr Mladek wrote:
> > [..]
> > > > > > +enum con_match {
> > > > > > + con_matched,
> > > > > > + con_matched_preferred,
> > > > > > + con_braille,
> > > > > > + con_failed,
> > > > > > + con_no_match,
> > > > > > +};
> > > > >
> > > > > Please, replace this with int, where:
> > > > >
> > > > > + con_matched -> 0
> > > > > + con_matched_preferred -> 0 and make "has_preferred" global variable
> > > > > + con_braile -> 0 later check for CON_BRL flag
> > > > > + con_failed -> -EFAULT
> > > > > + con_no_match -> -ENOENT
> > > >
> > > > Not fan of using -EFAULT here, it's a detail since it's rather kernel
> > > > internal, but I'd rather use -ENXIO for no match and -EIO for failed
> > > > (or pass the original error code up if any). That said it's really bike
> > > > shed painting at this point :-)
> > >
> > > Sigh, either variant is somehow confusing.
> > >
> > > I think that -ENOENT is a bit better than -EIO. It is abbreviation of
> > > "No entry or No entity" which quite fits here. Also the device might
> > > exist but it is not used when not requested.
> >
> > Can we please keep the enum? Enum is super self-descriptive, can't
> > get any better. Any other alternative - be it -EFAULT or -EIO or
> > -ENOENT - would force one to always look at what is actually going
> > on in try_match_new_console() and what particular errno means. None
> > of those errnos fit, they make things cryptic. IMHO.
>
> I agree that the enums are more self-descriptive. My problem with it is
> that there are 5 values. I wanted to check how they were handled
> and neither 'con_matched' nor 'con_failed' were later used.

Right, I also saw that not all con_match were used, but I didn't consider
it to be an issue, con_match describes all possible cases (completeness)
but not all of those cases exist in the code.

try_match_new_console() is going to return multiple error codes anyway,
all of which should be handled. Switching to `int' (4 billion possible
values) probably doesn't really help us.

> I though how to improve it. And I ended with feeling that the enum
> did more harm then good. -E??? codes are a bit less descriptive
> but there are only two. The meaning can be explained easily by
> a comment above the function.

I understand it. It's just we don't have appropriate errnos. So instead
of only documenting the logic (because enum is self-documenting), with
errnos we also need to document the return values we check. IMHO.

-ss

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