Re: [RFC PATCH - diffstat only] include/net: Remove extern fromfunction prototypes

From: Joe Perches
Date: Wed Jul 24 2013 - 21:41:27 EST

On Thu, 2013-07-25 at 01:27 +0000, Cong Wang wrote:
> On Tue, 23 Jul 2013 at 17:58 GMT, Joe Perches <joe@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

You dropped the author from the cc list.
Always reply to the author.

> > Function prototypes don't need to be declared
> > extern in .h files. It's assumed by the compiler
> > and is as unnecessary as using auto is when
> > declaring automatic/local variables in a block.
> >
> Since we all know this, why bother it?

If everyone knew this, new ones wouldn't be added.
But a lot are.

Removing extern makes prototypes shorter and more readable.
More prototypes fit in a single line
More arguments fit on a multi-line prototypes.

> Having "extern" doesn't harm
> readability, instead it probably helps.

Sure, just like auto does. Why isn't that used?

> > I believe it makes grepping for extern useful as
> > all the matches are actual variables and structs.
> You need a semantic tool.

No, not really. I'm fairly comfortable with spatch.
spatch takes a long time to run for a lot of things.

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