Subject: Re: search.c clean-up

On Nov 23, 2004, at 00:53, Jim Meyering wrote:
and it seems to call strlen()
on constant strings even more times than it did before, which is only a small
and constant cost but not very tasteful.

It is better practice to use strlen in such macros,
in case the caller passes non-literal strings.
I think of it as defensive programming. More about this, below.
The compiler we typically care about (gcc) can optimize away
calls to strlen with a literal argument.

even if it can't optimize it out, this code is only executed once per invocation of grep. since the only way sizeof could be a valid alternative is if the strings are known at compile-time, we're guaranteed not to have a particularly large string to scan.

strlen's added safety at no cost sounds good to me.

i like this partial factorization -- even though there's more stuff to also come out -- because it's a meaningful chunk of functionality in its own right, and deserves a name.

i'd rather see a function than a multi-line macro, though.