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SubjectRe: [TRIVIAL] Error checks omitted in init_tmpfs() in mm/tiny-shmem.c
On Mon, Oct 24, 2005 at 03:56:47AM -0500, Hareesh Nagarajan wrote:
> Matt Mackall wrote:
> >On Mon, Oct 24, 2005 at 12:29:45AM -0500, Hareesh Nagarajan wrote:
> >>The existing code in init_tmpfs() in mm/tiny-shmem.c does not handle the
> >>cases when the calls to register_filesystem() and kern_mount() fail.
> >>This patch adds those checks.
> >
> >Hmm. Did you actually encounter this?
>
> No, I haven't. I was just reading the source code when I chanced upon
> these trivial error checking omissions.
>
> >I'd rather use BUG_ON. Passing up errors is only useful when the code
> >above can and will do something useful with the information.
>
> [ Snip ]
>
> >And what could the higher level, which is simply looping through init
> >functions, do to handle the error? Retry? Print a warning? Better to
> >stop everything outright when we encounter a problem we expect should
> >never happen so it doesn't go by undiagnosed.
>
> Makes sense. New patch attached.

A couple more comments..

> Signed-off-by: Hareesh Nagarajan <hnagar2@gmail.com>

> --- linux-2.6.13.4/mm/tiny-shmem.c 2005-10-10 13:54:29.000000000 -0500
> +++ linux-2.6.13.4-edit/mm/tiny-shmem.c 2005-10-24 03:43:38.614071000 -0500
> @@ -31,12 +31,18 @@
>
> static int __init init_tmpfs(void)
> {
> - register_filesystem(&tmpfs_fs_type);
> + int error;
> +
> + error = register_filesystem(&tmpfs_fs_type);
> + BUG_ON(error);

Can we just do BUG_ON(register_filesystem() != 0)?

Strictly speaking, the != 0 is redundant, but as this goes slightly
against the grain of normal usage, it's a good indicator of intent.

> +
> #ifdef CONFIG_TMPFS
> devfs_mk_dir("shm");
> #endif
> shm_mnt = kern_mount(&tmpfs_fs_type);
> - return 0;
> + BUG_ON(IS_ERR(shm_mnt));
> +
> + return error;

We can never return non-zero here. Returning error implies we can, so
it's confusing.

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