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SubjectRe: [PATCH] lib/string: update match_string() doc-strings with correct behavior
On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 04:47:23PM +0200, Alexandru Ardelean wrote:
> There were a few attempts at changing behavior of the match_string()
> helpers (i.e. 'match_string()' & 'sysfs_match_string()'), to change &
> extend the behavior according to the doc-string.
>
> But the simplest approach is to just fix the doc-strings. The current
> behavior is fine as-is, and some bugs were introduced trying to fix it.
>
> As for extending the behavior, new helpers can always be introduced if
> needed.
>
> The match_string() helpers behave more like 'strncmp()' in the sense that
> they go up to n elements or until the first NULL element in the array of
> strings.
>
> This change updates the doc-strings with this info.
>
> Some references to the previous attempts (in no particular order):
> https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20190508111913.7276-1-alexandru.ardelean@analog.com/
> https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20190625130104.29904-1-alexandru.ardelean@analog.com/
> https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20190422083257.21805-1-alexandru.ardelean@analog.com/

...

> /**
> * match_string - matches given string in an array
> * @array: array of strings
> - * @n: number of strings in the array or -1 for NULL terminated arrays
> + * @n: number of strings in the array to compare

But this change won't be helpful, it actually hides the part of behaviour that
is being used.

> * @string: string to match with
> *
> + * This routine will look for a string in an array of strings up to the
> + * n-th element in the array or until the first NULL element.
> + *

Perhaps this needs to be rephrased. Because now it has completely hidden the -1 case.

> * Return:
> * index of a @string in the @array if matches, or %-EINVAL otherwise.
> */

Ditto for the second part.

--
With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko


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