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From: "Fabio M. De Francesco" <>
To: Nathan Chancellor <>,
	Dan Carpenter <>
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
	Phillip Potter <>,
	Larry Finger <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] staging: r8188eu: Remove unnecessary ret variable in rtw_drv_init()
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 12:15:56 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <2121129.EM0CHCvl88@localhost.localdomain> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210816090500.GG1931@kadam>

On Monday, August 16, 2021 11:05:00 AM CEST Dan Carpenter wrote:
> To be honest, I prefered the original.
> 	foo = alloc();
> 	if (!foo) {
> 		ret = -EWHATEVER;
> 		goto free_last_thing;
> 	}
> I like this style of error handling because all the information is
> there.  You don't need to scroll down.
Thinking deeper about this style of error handling, I find that Dan is quite 
right in preferring readability over removal of (technically unnecessary) 
temporary variables. Perhaps the trade-off between brevity and readability 
should (in general) favor the latter. 

Furthermore, those temporary variables make the code easily adaptable/
extensible in cases where, in future revisions of the code, there will be more 
different errors to handle.

However, it's mainly a matter of style, so...
> I don't really care about this specific patch at all.  It's a small
> thing.  But we had someone come through who was sort of obsessed with
> removing these sorts of variables.  Just because you can remove a
> variable doesn't necessarily make the code more readable.
> If you're doing the work and maintaining the driver you get to choose
> your own style to some extent.
I agree: choose your own style (to some extent).


> But I don't want to encourage people to
> start sending these sort of patches more generally.
> regards,
> dan carpenter

      reply	other threads:[~2021-08-16 10:16 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-08-13 20:14 Nathan Chancellor
2021-08-13 21:55 ` Fabio M. De Francesco
2021-08-14 17:16 ` Phillip Potter
2021-08-16  9:05 ` Dan Carpenter
2021-08-16 10:15   ` Fabio M. De Francesco [this message]

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