Inputs to perl/python auth

Russ Allbery rra at
Sun Mar 3 04:52:12 UTC 2002

Jeffrey M Vinocur <jeff at> writes:

> Next mumble...

> In nnrpd, perlAccess() and friends take arguments ClientHost, ClientIP,
> and ServerHost.  However, there are global variables of the same names,
> and those variables are always the inputs to the perl/python functions.

> So it seems somewhat silly to pass these things around all over the place
> when they're global anyway.  On the other hand, if we're planning to do
> something a bit saner than global variable eventually, we might want to
> keep the prototype as is.

> Any thoughts?

> (My opinion at the moment is to leave the inputs but lowercase the first
> letter -- they're not globals, so that makes more sense stylistically, and
> resolves the naming clash.)

Your opinion sounds like the right move to me.  We definitely want to be
saner about global variables in the long term.

Russ Allbery (rra at             <>

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