Zack's Kernel News

Zack's Kernel News

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Chronicler Zack Brown reports on string handling routines and speeding up database workloads.

String Handling Routines

In the midst of a discussion on patch handling in the kernel development process, it came up that apparently a lot of patches are scripted constructs that are hard to synchronize between the various maintainers. So, someone asked for an example of such a patch, and someone else offered a recent set of changes from Julia Lawall for the stracpy() code.

A wrapper around strscpy(), stracpy() is a replacement for strncpy(), which is a function for copying strings. It was at this point that Linus Torvalds, essentially off-topic, weighed in on the string handling issue:

"I'm not actually convinced about stracpy() and friends.

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