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From: Linus Torvalds <>
Subject: Re: Resend [PATCH] Make KOBJ_NAME_LEN match BUS_ID_SIZE
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Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 03:54:06 GMT
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On Sat, 24 May 2003, Ben Collins wrote:
> Given that the problem with KOBJ_NAME_LEN == 20 affecting one snd driver
> has so far only been explained as a compiler bug, can I suggest this
> patch be applied? Even aside from the KOBJ_NAME_LEN == 20, the snprintf
> changes will keep things from breaking in other ways that are current
> now.

I hate using snprintf() for this kind of mindless string copy opertation.

Yeah, "strncpy()" is a frigging disaster when it comes to '\0', in many
ways. We should probably disallow using strncpy(), and aim for a _sane_
implementation that does what we actually want (none of that zero-padding
crap, and _always_ put a NUL at the end). I bet that is what most current
strncpy() users actually would want.

But switching it over to "snprintf()" is overkill.

How about just adding a sane

	int copy_string(char *dest, const char *src, int len)
		int size;

		if (!len)
			return 0;
		size = strlen(src);
		if (size >= len)
			size = len-1;
		memcpy(dest, src, size);
		dest[size] = '\0';
		return size;

which is what pretty much everybody really _wants_ to have anyway? We
should deprecate "strncpy()" within the kernel entirely.


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