Non dovete essere programmatori per capire questa sfuriata di Linus Torvalds


Non dovete essere programmatori per capire questa sfuriata di Linus Torvalds


Linux è un sistema operativo creato da Linus Torvalds negli anni 90. Rilasciato come software libero, ogni programmatore del mondo può leggere il codice del sistema operativo e mandare linee di codice per arricchirlo e (si spera) migliorarlo.

Linus però, ha l’ ultima parola sul codice da aggiungere: quindi un programmatore scrive del codice, glie lo manda, e se Linus pensa che possa veramente migliorare Linux allora lo accetta e viene inglobato nel sistema operativo.

Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds è famoso per i pochi “peli sulla lingua” quando deve dare la sua opinione sul codice che deve finire nel kernel di Linux.


Quello che però a volte succede, è che Linus non è d’accordo: per farlo sapere, non gli piace usare mezzi termini ed è molto diretto e sincero. Dopo questo preambolo, ecco di seguito un recente messaggio in risposta a del brutto codice ricevuto (trovate l’originale qui):

Christ people. This is just sh*t.

The conflict I get is due to stupid new gcc header file crap. But what
makes me upset is that the crap is for completely bogus reasons.

This is the old code in net/ipv6/ip6_output.c:

mtu -= hlen + sizeof(struct frag_hdr);

and this is the new “improved” code that uses fancy stuff that wants
magical built-in compiler support and has silly wrapper functions for
when it doesn’t exist:

if (overflow_usub(mtu, hlen + sizeof(struct frag_hdr), &mtu) ||
mtu <= 7)
goto fail_toobig;

and anybody who thinks that the above is

(a) legible
(b) efficient (even with the magical compiler support)
(c) particularly safe

is just incompetent and out to lunch.

The above code is sh*t, and it generates shit code. It looks bad, and
there’s no reason for it.

The code could easily have been done with just a single and
understandable conditional, and the compiler would actually have
generated better code, and the code would look better and more
understandable. Why is this not

if (mtu < hlen + sizeof(struct frag_hdr) + 8)
goto fail_toobig;
mtu -= hlen + sizeof(struct frag_hdr);

which is the same number of lines, doesn’t use crazy helper functions
that nobody knows what they do, and is much more obvious what it
actually does.

I guarantee that the second more obvious version is easier to read and
understand. Does anybody really want to dispute this?

Really. Give me one reason why it was written in that idiotic way
with two different conditionals, and a shiny new nonstandard function
that wants particular compiler support to generate even half-way sane
code, and even then generates worse code? A shiny function that we
have never ever needed anywhere else, and that is just

And yes, you still could have overflow issues if the whole “hlen +
xyz” expression overflows, but quite frankly, the “overflow_usub()”
code had that too. So if you worry about that, then you damn well
didn’t do the right thing to begin with.

So I really see no reason for this kind of complete idiotic crap.

Tell me why. Because I’m not pulling this kind of completely insane
stuff that generates conflicts at rc7 time, and that seems to have
absolutely no reason for being anm idiotic unreadable mess.

The code seems designed to use that new “overflow_usub()” code. It
seems to be an excuse to use that function.

And it’s a f*cking bad excuse for that braindamage.

I’m sorry, but we don’t add idiotic new interfaces like this for
idiotic new code like that.

Yes, yes, if this had stayed inside the network layer I would never
have noticed. But since I did notice, I really don’t want to pull
this. In fact, I want to make it clear to everybody that code like
this is completely unacceptable. Anybody who thinks that code like
this is “safe” and “secure” because it uses fancy overflow detection
functions is so far out to lunch that it’s not even funny. All this
kind of crap does is to make the code a unreadable mess with code that
no sane person will ever really understand what it actually does.

Get rid of it. And I don’t ever want to see that shit again.


Lezione imparata: non scrivere brutto codice (o, almeno, non farlo vedere a Torvalds!).

Fonte: Gizmodo.



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