Re: [Linux-eng] [RFC 0/3] Abstract empty functions with STUB_UNLESS macro

From: Dave Martin
Date: Fri Jan 18 2019 - 11:44:33 EST

On Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 04:37:36PM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 04:00:27PM +0000, Andrew Murray wrote:
> > A common pattern found in header files is a function declaration dependent
> > on a CONFIG_ option being enabled, followed by an empty function for when
> > that option isn't enabled. This boilerplate code can often take up a lot
> > of space and impact code readability.
> >
> > This series introduces a STUB_UNLESS macro that simplifies header files as
> > follows:
> >
> > STUB_UNLESS(CONFIG_FOO, [body], prototype)
> Can you explain the desire to make the second argument optional,
> rather than having the mandatory arguments first and the optional body
> last? It will mean more lines at each site, but I don't think that's
> a bad thing:
> void hw_breakpoint_thread_switch(struct task_struct *next));
> struct cpufreq_policy *cpufreq_cpu_get_raw(unsigned int cpu), return NULL);
> or:
> struct cpufreq_policy *cpufreq_cpu_get_raw(unsigned int cpu),
> return NULL);
> Seems to be more readable in terms of the flow.

Hmmm, looking at that, I probably prefer that too.

In the unlikely case that <body> uses the function arguments it would be
quite confusing to have the body before the function prototype.

If we can keep this down to two lines so much the better, but still
seems fine.

Provided we don't end up needing a trailing comma in the void case, to
supply the empty body argument, that is.