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Re: [libvirt] proposal: allow use of "bool": HACKING: discuss C types



On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 08:34:28AM +0100, Jim Meyering wrote:
> "Richard W.M. Jones" <rjones redhat com> wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 09:08:36PM +0000, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> >> Ok, if you want to re-post the HACKING file also mentioning that
> >> 'bool' shouldn't be used in our public APIs & wire protocol,
> >
> > What's wrong with using it in the wire protocol?  XDR provides bool_t
> > (as int) and converts 'bool' in the interface definition to bool_t.
> 
> It's good to know that from portability/correctness standpoints that
> would work.  However, using a 32-bit "int" to transmit a single bit
> of info is wasteful.  How about this clarification to HACKING?

There's no need. The types on the wire are a direct serialization of
the types in our public API methods & structs. Since we forbid the use
of bool in the public API, we'll never have any need for it on the 
RPC wire API.

Daniel
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