[GEDI] [PATCH v4 04/31] error: auto propagated local_err

Eric Blake eblake at redhat.com
Wed Oct 2 14:00:48 UTC 2019

On 10/2/19 5:15 AM, Roman Kagan wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 01, 2019 at 06:52:52PM +0300, Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy wrote:
>> Here is introduced ERRP_AUTO_PROPAGATE macro, to be used at start of
>> functions with errp OUT parameter.
>> It has three goals:
>> 1. Fix issue with error_fatal & error_prepend/error_append_hint: user
>> can't see this additional information, because exit() happens in
>> error_setg earlier than information is added. [Reported by Greg Kurz]

>> +/*
>> + *

>> +#define ERRP_AUTO_PROPAGATE() \
>> +g_auto(ErrorPropagator) __auto_errp_prop = {.errp = errp}; \
>> +errp = ((errp == NULL || *errp == error_fatal) ? \
>> +    &__auto_errp_prop.local_err : errp)
>> +
> I guess it has been discussed but I couldn't find it, so: what's the
> reason for casting in stone the name of the function parameter, which
> isn't quite so obvious when you see this macro used in the code?  IMO
> if the macro took errp as a parameter that would be easier to follow.

It was discussed.  Forcing a specific name of the 'Error **errp' has 

Pro: possible to write a sed script to check for missing spots in the 
macros (in fact, my sed script found spots missed by Coccinelle when not 
using the correct --macro-header option)
Pro: enforces uniform style
Con: misses instances that have typos or otherwise used the wrong name

Allowing the macro to take the name of the parameter:
Pro/Con: More flexible (allows use in more place, but loses consistency)
Pro: Coccinelle can still handle the conversion
Con: using sed to check if Coccinelle missed anything is harder

But opinions on how to paint the bikeshed are still welcome; it's easy 
enough to respin the series with the macro taking an argument if that 
is agreed to indeed be more legible.

Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer
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