Re: [PATCH 4/5] mm/lru: is_file/active_lru can be boolean

From: Mel Gorman
Date: Wed Mar 23 2016 - 07:44:30 EST

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 08:17:08PM -0700, Joe Perches wrote:
> On Wed, 2016-03-23 at 10:26 +0800, Yaowei Bai wrote:
> > This patch makes is_file/active_lru return bool to improve
> > readability due to these particular functions only using either
> > one or zero as their return value.
> >
> > No functional change.
> These assignments to int should likely be modified too

Which would lead to oddities as the ints are used as offsets within
enums. Patch 2 has a problem where a bool is then used as part of a
bitmask operation.

I stopped looking fairly early on. Conversions from int to bool as part
of a cleanup-only series are almost never useful and sometimes introduce
subtle breakage. It is only worth the conversion when the helper is being
modified for some other purpose.

On that grounds, NAK to the whole series as small problems were quickly
obvious and it's not worth the brainpower to find all the problems when
the end result does not give us a tangible improvement.

Mel Gorman