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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH v2 01/16] hashtable: introduce a small and naive hashtable



On 08/19/2012 04:16 PM, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> * Mathieu Desnoyers (mathieu desnoyers efficios com) wrote:
>> * Sasha Levin (levinsasha928 gmail com) wrote:
> [...]
>>> +/**
>>> + * hash_for_each_possible - iterate over all possible objects for a given key
>>> + * @name: hashtable to iterate
>>> + * @obj: the type * to use as a loop cursor for each bucket
>>> + * @bits: bit count of hashing function of the hashtable
>>> + * @node: the &struct list_head to use as a loop cursor for each bucket
>>> + * @member: the name of the hlist_node within the struct
>>> + * @key: the key of the objects to iterate over
>>> + */
>>> +#define hash_for_each_possible_size(name, obj, bits, node, member, key)		\
>>> +	hlist_for_each_entry(obj, node,	&name[hash_min(key, bits)], member)
>>
>> Second point: "for_each_possible" does not express the iteration scope.
>> Citing WordNet: "possible adj 1: capable of happening or existing;" --
>> which has nothing to do with iteration on duplicate keys within a hash
>> table.
>>
>> I would recommend to rename "possible" to "duplicate", e.g.:
>>
>>   hash_for_each_duplicate()
>>
>> which clearly says what is the scope of this iteration: duplicate keys.
> 
> OK, about this part: I now see that you iterate over all objects within
> the same hash chain. I guess the description "iterate over all possible
> objects for a given key" is misleading: it's not all objects with a
> given key, but rather all objects hashing to the same bucket.
> 
> I understand that you don't want to build knowledge of the key
> comparison function in the iterator (which makes sense for a simple hash
> table).
> 
> By the way, the comment "@obj: the type * to use as a loop cursor for
> each bucket" is also misleading: it's a loop cursor for each entry,
> since you iterate on all nodes within single bucket. Same for "@node:
> the &struct list_head to use as a loop cursor for each bucket".
> 
> So with these documentation changes applied, hash_for_each_possible
> starts to make more sense, because it refers to entries that can
> _possibly_ be a match (or not). Other options would be
> hash_chain_for_each() or hash_bucket_for_each().

I'd rather avoid starting to use chain/bucket since they're not used anywhere
else (I've tried keeping internal hashing/bucketing opaque to the user).

Otherwise makes sense, I'll improve the documentation as suggested. Thanks!

> Thanks,
> 
> Mathieu
> 


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