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From: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>
To: Elijah Newren <newren@gmail.com>
Cc: Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget <gitgitgadget@gmail.com>,
	Git Mailing List <git@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 08/10] strmap: add functions facilitating use as a string->int map
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2020 11:20:13 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20201103162013.GE444466@coredump.intra.peff.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CABPp-BFyqTthyBmp5yt+iUniwTi+=y2QcBcmNnnCy=zvyi3Rbw@mail.gmail.com>

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 10:28:51AM -0700, Elijah Newren wrote:

> > You might want to mention that this _could_ be done as just accessors to
> > strmap, but using a separate struct provides type safety against
> > misusing pointers as integers or vice versa.
> 
> If I just did it as accessors, it makes it harder for myself and
> others to remember what my huge piles of strmaps in merge-ort do; I
> found that it became easier to follow the code and remember what
> things were doing when some were marked as strmap, some as strintmap,
> and some as strset.

Oh, I'm definitely on board with that argument. I was just suggesting
you might want to put it in the commit message for posterity.

> > > +/*
> > > + * strintmap:
> > > + *    A map of string -> int, typecasting the void* of strmap to an int.
> >
> > Are the size and signedness of an int flexible enough for all uses?
> 
> If some users want signed values and others want unsigned, I'm not
> sure how we can satisfy both.  Maybe make a struintmap?

Right, that was sort of my question: do your users actually want it
signed or not. Sounds like they do want it signed, and don't mind the
loss of range.

> Perhaps that could be added later if uses come up for it?  Some of my
> uses need int, the rest of them wouldn't care about int vs unsigned.

Yeah, if you don't have any callers which care, I'd definitely punt on
it for now.

> If someone does care about the full range of bits up to 64 on relevant
> platforms, I guess I should make it strintptr_t_map.

Yeah, that's what I was wondering. I suspect the use case for that is
pretty narrow, though. If you really care about having a 64-bit value
for some data, then you probably want it _everywhere_, not just on
64-bit platforms. I guess the exception would be if you're mapping into
size_t's or something.

I think my question was as much "did you think about range issues for
your intended users" as "should we provide more range in this map type".
And it sounds like you have thought about that, so I'm happy proceeding.

> But besides the
> egregiously ugly name, one advantage of int over intptr_t (or unsigned
> over uintptr_t) is that you can use it in a printf easily:
>    printf("Size: %d\n", strintmap_get(&foo, 0));
> whereas if it strintmap_get() returns an intptr_t, then it's a royal
> mess to attempt to portably use it without adding additional manual
> casts.  Maybe I was just missing something obvious, but I couldn't
> figure out the %d, %ld, %lld, PRIdMAX, etc. choices and get the
> statement to compile on all platforms, so I'd always just cast to int
> or unsigned at the time of calling printf.

The right way is:

  printf("Size: %"PRIdMAX", (intmax_t) your_intptr_t);

which will always do the right thing no matter the size (at the minor
cost of passing a larger-than-necessary parameter, but if you're
micro-optimizing then calling printf at all is probably already a
problem).

But yeah, in general using a real "int" is much more convenient and if
there's no reason to avoid it for range problems, I think it's
preferable.

-Peff

  reply	other threads:[~2020-11-03 16:20 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 144+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-08-21 18:52 [PATCH 0/5] Add struct strmap and associated utility functions Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-08-21 18:52 ` [PATCH 1/5] hashmap: add usage documentation explaining hashmap_free[_entries]() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-08-21 19:22   ` Jeff King
2020-08-21 18:52 ` [PATCH 2/5] strmap: new utility functions Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-08-21 19:48   ` Jeff King
2020-08-21 18:52 ` [PATCH 3/5] strmap: add more " Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-08-21 19:58   ` Jeff King
2020-08-21 18:52 ` [PATCH 4/5] strmap: add strdup_strings option Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-08-21 20:01   ` Jeff King
2020-08-21 20:41     ` Elijah Newren
2020-08-21 21:03       ` Jeff King
2020-08-21 22:25         ` Elijah Newren
2020-08-28  7:08           ` Jeff King
2020-08-28 17:20             ` Elijah Newren
2020-08-21 18:52 ` [PATCH 5/5] strmap: add functions facilitating use as a string->int map Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-08-21 20:10   ` Jeff King
2020-08-21 20:51     ` Elijah Newren
2020-08-21 21:05       ` Jeff King
2020-08-21 20:16 ` [PATCH 0/5] Add struct strmap and associated utility functions Jeff King
2020-08-21 21:33   ` Elijah Newren
2020-08-21 22:28     ` Elijah Newren
2020-08-28  7:03     ` Jeff King
2020-08-28 15:29       ` Elijah Newren
2020-09-01  9:27         ` Jeff King
2020-10-13  0:40 ` [PATCH v2 00/10] " Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-10-13  0:40   ` [PATCH v2 01/10] hashmap: add usage documentation explaining hashmap_free[_entries]() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-10-30 12:50     ` Jeff King
2020-10-30 19:55       ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-03 16:26         ` Jeff King
2020-11-03 16:48           ` Elijah Newren
2020-10-13  0:40   ` [PATCH v2 02/10] hashmap: adjust spacing to fix argument alignment Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-10-30 12:51     ` Jeff King
2020-10-13  0:40   ` [PATCH v2 03/10] hashmap: allow re-use after hashmap_free() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-10-30 13:35     ` Jeff King
2020-10-30 15:37       ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-03 16:08         ` Jeff King
2020-11-03 16:16           ` Elijah Newren
2020-10-13  0:40   ` [PATCH v2 04/10] hashmap: introduce a new hashmap_partial_clear() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-10-30 13:41     ` Jeff King
2020-10-30 16:03       ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-03 16:10         ` Jeff King
2020-10-13  0:40   ` [PATCH v2 05/10] strmap: new utility functions Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-10-30 14:12     ` Jeff King
2020-10-30 16:26       ` Elijah Newren
2020-10-13  0:40   ` [PATCH v2 06/10] strmap: add more " Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-10-30 14:23     ` Jeff King
2020-10-30 16:43       ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-03 16:12         ` Jeff King
2020-10-13  0:40   ` [PATCH v2 07/10] strmap: enable faster clearing and reusing of strmaps Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-10-30 14:27     ` Jeff King
2020-10-13  0:40   ` [PATCH v2 08/10] strmap: add functions facilitating use as a string->int map Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-10-30 14:39     ` Jeff King
2020-10-30 17:28       ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-03 16:20         ` Jeff King [this message]
2020-11-03 16:46           ` Elijah Newren
2020-10-13  0:40   ` [PATCH v2 09/10] strmap: add a strset sub-type Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-10-30 14:44     ` Jeff King
2020-10-30 18:02       ` Elijah Newren
2020-10-13  0:40   ` [PATCH v2 10/10] strmap: enable allocations to come from a mem_pool Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-10-30 14:56     ` Jeff King
2020-10-30 19:31       ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-03 16:24         ` Jeff King
2020-11-02 18:55   ` [PATCH v3 00/13] Add struct strmap and associated utility functions Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 01/13] hashmap: add usage documentation explaining hashmap_free[_entries]() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 02/13] hashmap: adjust spacing to fix argument alignment Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 03/13] hashmap: allow re-use after hashmap_free() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 04/13] hashmap: introduce a new hashmap_partial_clear() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 05/13] hashmap: provide deallocation function names Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 06/13] strmap: new utility functions Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 07/13] strmap: add more " Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-04 20:13       ` Jeff King
2020-11-04 20:24         ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 08/13] strmap: enable faster clearing and reusing of strmaps Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 09/13] strmap: add functions facilitating use as a string->int map Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-04 20:21       ` Jeff King
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 10/13] strmap: add a strset sub-type Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-04 20:31       ` Jeff King
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 11/13] strmap: enable allocations to come from a mem_pool Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 12/13] strmap: take advantage of FLEXPTR_ALLOC_STR when relevant Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-04 20:43       ` Jeff King
2020-11-02 18:55     ` [PATCH v3 13/13] Use new HASHMAP_INIT macro to simplify hashmap initialization Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-04 20:48       ` Jeff King
2020-11-04 20:52     ` [PATCH v3 00/13] Add struct strmap and associated utility functions Jeff King
2020-11-04 22:20       ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-05  0:22     ` [PATCH v4 " Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 01/13] hashmap: add usage documentation explaining hashmap_free[_entries]() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 02/13] hashmap: adjust spacing to fix argument alignment Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 03/13] hashmap: allow re-use after hashmap_free() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 04/13] hashmap: introduce a new hashmap_partial_clear() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 05/13] hashmap: provide deallocation function names Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 06/13] strmap: new utility functions Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 07/13] strmap: add more " Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 08/13] strmap: enable faster clearing and reusing of strmaps Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 09/13] strmap: add functions facilitating use as a string->int map Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 10/13] strmap: add a strset sub-type Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 11/13] strmap: enable allocations to come from a mem_pool Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 12/13] strmap: take advantage of FLEXPTR_ALLOC_STR when relevant Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05  0:22       ` [PATCH v4 13/13] Use new HASHMAP_INIT macro to simplify hashmap initialization Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-05 13:29       ` [PATCH v4 00/13] Add struct strmap and associated utility functions Jeff King
2020-11-05 20:25         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-11-05 21:17           ` Jeff King
2020-11-05 21:22           ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-05 22:15             ` Junio C Hamano
2020-11-06  0:24       ` [PATCH v5 00/15] " Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 01/15] hashmap: add usage documentation explaining hashmap_free[_entries]() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 02/15] hashmap: adjust spacing to fix argument alignment Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 03/15] hashmap: allow re-use after hashmap_free() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 04/15] hashmap: introduce a new hashmap_partial_clear() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 05/15] hashmap: provide deallocation function names Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 06/15] strmap: new utility functions Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 07/15] strmap: add more " Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 08/15] strmap: enable faster clearing and reusing of strmaps Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 09/15] strmap: add functions facilitating use as a string->int map Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 10/15] strmap: split create_entry() out of strmap_put() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 11/15] strmap: add a strset sub-type Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 12/15] strmap: enable allocations to come from a mem_pool Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 17:33           ` Phillip Wood
2020-11-11 18:49             ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-11 19:01             ` Jeff King
2020-11-11 20:34               ` Chris Torek
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 13/15] strmap: take advantage of FLEXPTR_ALLOC_STR when relevant Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 14/15] Use new HASHMAP_INIT macro to simplify hashmap initialization Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  0:24         ` [PATCH v5 15/15] shortlog: use strset from strmap.h Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-06  2:00         ` [PATCH v5 00/15] Add struct strmap and associated utility functions Junio C Hamano
2020-11-06  2:42           ` Elijah Newren
2020-11-06  2:48             ` Jeff King
2020-11-06 17:32               ` Junio C Hamano
2020-11-11 20:02         ` [PATCH v6 " Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 01/15] hashmap: add usage documentation explaining hashmap_free[_entries]() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 02/15] hashmap: adjust spacing to fix argument alignment Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 03/15] hashmap: allow re-use after hashmap_free() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 04/15] hashmap: introduce a new hashmap_partial_clear() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 05/15] hashmap: provide deallocation function names Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 06/15] strmap: new utility functions Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 07/15] strmap: add more " Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 08/15] strmap: enable faster clearing and reusing of strmaps Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 09/15] strmap: add functions facilitating use as a string->int map Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 10/15] strmap: split create_entry() out of strmap_put() Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 11/15] strmap: add a strset sub-type Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 12/15] strmap: enable allocations to come from a mem_pool Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 13/15] strmap: take advantage of FLEXPTR_ALLOC_STR when relevant Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 14/15] Use new HASHMAP_INIT macro to simplify hashmap initialization Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:02           ` [PATCH v6 15/15] shortlog: use strset from strmap.h Elijah Newren via GitGitGadget
2020-11-11 20:07           ` [PATCH v6 00/15] Add struct strmap and associated utility functions Jeff King

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