Re: Reverse the ucdrom.h patch in 2.1.12

Keith Rohrer (
Fri, 22 Nov 1996 15:07:40 -0600 (CST)

> On Fri, 22 Nov 1996, Erik B. Andersen wrote:
> >
> > In patch-2.1.12, linux/include/linux/ucdrom.h was changed based on the
> > posting of Gerd Knorr to linux-kernel. I subsequently pointed out that
> > this is the WrongWay(tm) to fix the problem, as this very issue was
> > discussed some time ago in private email. The values for speed and
> > capacity SHOULD be declared const, as these values should not be messed
> > with by anything. However, since these values must be set on drive
> > initialization, and the method utilized in ide-cd to avoid the compilation
> > warnings works just fine.
> Hmm.. Personally, I consider pointer casts a bug by default, which was why
> I applied the non-cast version instead.
> If pointer casts are needed, I'd much prefer them done through another
> interface, one such being for example:
> initialize_cdrom(capacity,speed);
> with initialize_cdrom() being a inline function or whatever that then does
> the casting.
> The _reason_ I consider pointer casts a bug is that they mess with the C
> type checking. "What type checking?" I hear you say.. But in fact C type
> checking is very practical if done correctly, and one reason I use "-Wall"
> with gcc for everything I write. If the stuff is ever changed (to use
> "long" for example), the code that uses casts will never result in a
> compiler warning, yet it will be hopelessly incorrect unless fixed.
Ah, so you want:

typedef int cdrom_capacity_t;
typedef int cdrom_speed_t;
struct {
const cdrom_speed_t speed;
const cdrom_capacity_t capacity;
*((cdrom_speed_t*)&foo.speed) = speedval; /* discard const on foo.spd */
*((cdrom_capacity_t*)&foo.capacity) = capacityval; /* discard const...*/

The one thing I can never remember about C/C++ is which side of the type
name means what for const; then again I've never heard it stated in a way
that makes sense, and I think it's irrelevant unless pointers or references
are involved anyway. Other than that, the above pseudocode is what you
"want" to do, and if it makes your code look a little too Wirth-ish, bury
the typedefs and constructor somewhere that people who need them will find
on the first grep.

Keith (just don't require BLOCK CAPITALS FOR ALL KEYWORDS.)

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