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SubjectRe: [Ksummit-discuss] [Tech-board-discuss] [PATCH] CodingStyle: Inclusive Terminology
On 7/9/20 4:43 AM, Mauro Carvalho Chehab wrote:
> Em Tue, 7 Jul 2020 01:58:21 +0200
> Tibor Raschko <> escreveu:
>>> Allowlist/denylist terms are intuitive and action based which have a
>>> globally uniform meaning.
>> Nobody has a problem understanding "blacklist" and "whitelist". These
>> are universally understood words even outside of computing. Claiming
>> that we need clearer alternatives is smoke and mirrors.
> Actually, as a non-native English speaker, the first time I saw
> "<color>list", I had to do some research in order to understand what it
> means :-)

Thanks for the perspective. This is why we need clear and uniform words.
Our community is global. English isn't English everywhere either.

> That reminds me: what about "graylist"?
> For coherency, if "blacklist/whitelist" won't be used anymore, an
> alternative to graylist should also be provided.
> Right now, it seems that only ACPI uses it:
> $ git grep -i graylist
> drivers/clocksource/acpi_pm.c:static void acpi_pm_check_graylist(struct pci_dev *dev)
> drivers/clocksource/acpi_pm.c: acpi_pm_check_graylist);
> drivers/clocksource/acpi_pm.c: acpi_pm_check_graylist);

What is "graylist"? Does it mean in between allow/deny?

-- Shuah

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