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    SubjectRe: Do not misuse Coverity please (Was: sound/oss/cs46xx.c: fix a check after use)
    On Mon, 28 Mar 2005, L. A. Walsh wrote:

    > However, in this case, if the author is _certain_ the
    > pointer can never be NULL, than an "ASSERT(card!=NULL);" might
    > be appropriate, where ASSERT is a macro that normally compiles
    > in the check, but could compile to "nothing" for embedded or
    > kernels that aren't being developed in.

    If the kernel dereferences a NULL pointer, it produces an extensive bug
    report. The automatic oops is about the most useful thing to do if a
    pointer is unexpectedly NULL.

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