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refactor: replace CNode pointers by references within net_processing.{h,cpp}

Authored by Fabien on Nov 19 2020, 16:55.


This PR is inspired by a recent code review comment on a PR that
introduced new functions to the net_processing module. The point of the
discussion was basically that whenever we pass something not by value
(in the concrete example it was about CNode* and CConnman*) we should
either use

    a pointer (CType*) with null pointer check or
    a reference (CType&)

To keep things simple, this PR for a first approach

    only tackles CNode* pointers
    only within the net_processing module, i.e. no changes that would
need adaption in other modules
    keeps the names of the variables as they are

I'm aware that PRs like this are kind of a PITA to review, but I think
the code quality would increase if we get rid of pointers without
nullptr check -- bloating up the code by adding all the missing checks
would be the worse alternative, in my opinion.

Possible follow-up PRs, in case this is received well:

    replace CNode pointers by references for net module
    replace CConnman pointers by references for net_processing module

Backport of core PR19053.

Depends on D8469.

Test Plan
ninja all check-all

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Fabien requested review of this revision.Nov 19 2020, 16:55
jasonbcox requested changes to this revision.Nov 19 2020, 17:23
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jasonbcox added inline comments.
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missing const

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node can be const

This revision now requires changes to proceed.Nov 19 2020, 17:23

Rebase and address feedback

This revision is now accepted and ready to land.Nov 19 2020, 18:03