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Re: style convention: /*foo_p=*/ to annotate bool arguments

On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 10:54 AM, Martin Sebor <> wrote:
> To close the loop on this thread, although there was mild support
> for both of these conventions there were also objections to both,
> including a suggestion for an alternative to the "/*foo_p=*/" style
> that would be preferred by most people who responded.
> With that I don't have the sense that there is consensus to adopt
> either style as conventions for GCC code.
> Jason and Jeff (and other reviewers), what does this mean for those
> of us submitting patches?  Do we discontinue using the "/*foo_p=*/"
> style in the C++ front end or should we train ourselves to remember
> to use it there but nowhere else?

I still like the comments when it's not clear what the arguments mean
without looking at the callee, no matter the type of the argument.  I
would be happy with a patch that changed some of the booleans to enums


> On 10/03/2016 05:48 PM, Martin Sebor wrote:
>> In a recent review Jason and I discussed the style convention
>> commonly followed in the C++ front end to annotate arguments
>> in calls to functions taking bool parameters with a comment
>> along the lines of
>>   foo (1, 2, /*bar_p=*/true);
>> I pointed out to Jason that in another code review, Jeff asked
>> to remove the same comment from the middle-end [1].  In the
>> interest of consistency Jason and I thought I should bring this
>> up for discussion so we can all be clear on whether or not this
>> is something worth standardizing and documenting.
>> As a separate question, in the same discussion I mention to Jason
>> a convention that I myself have found useful where the value of
>> a default argument is indicated in a comment in a function
>> definition that is declared elsewhere to take one, e.g., like so:
>>   // In some header:
>>   void foo (int, int, bool = -1);
>>   // In some .c file:
>>   void foo (int x, int y, bool bar_p /* = false */)
>>   {
>>     ...
>>   }
>> Jason thought this would be a good convention.  Is there any
>> interest in/support for adopting it?
>> Thanks
>> Martin
>> [1]
>> [2]

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