Karl Fogel wrote:
> > 1) The HACKING file says:
> > * Signify internal variables by two underscores after the prefix.
> > That is, when a symbol must (for technical reasons) reside in the
> > global namespace despite not being part of a published interface,
> > then use two underscores following the module prefix. For
> > example:
> > svn_fs_get_ver_prop () /* Part of published API. */
> > svn_fs__parse_props () /* For internal use only. */
> > That's fine iff we can guarantee that no symbol containing two consecutive
> > underscores will ever be seen by a C++ compiler, a guarantee I think we
> > can't safely make. Quoting from the C++ standard, sec 22.214.171.124.2 para 1:
> > -- Each name that contains a double underscore (__) or
> > begins with an underscore followed by an uppercase
> > letter (2.11) is reserved to the implementation for any
> > use.
> > IMHO we should find some other way to name private symbols. Perhaps a
> > different prefix (e.g., svnp_) would be better for that purpose.
> The two underscores are not about preventing name conflicts, they're
> about reminding humans that a given object is not part of the
> published interface, despite its appearance in a public place.
According to this snippet from the C++ spec., it's *possible* that names
with double underscores may conflict with symbols that are part of a C++
compiler's implementation. Different syntactic sugar should probably be
adopted for distinguishing between the SVN internal and external API to
avoid the possibility of this compiler symbol name conflict.
Daniel Rall <email@example.com>
Received on Sat Oct 21 14:36:06 2006
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