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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm/memory.c: remove warning from an uninitialized spinlock. was: Re: 2.6.21-rc7-mm2
On Sun, Apr 29, 2007 at 12:48:37AM +0100, Andy Whitcroft wrote:
> Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Thu, 26 Apr 2007 20:25:19 +0200
> > Borislav Petkov <bbpetkov@yahoo.de> wrote:
> >
> >> Remove build warning mm/memory.c:1491: warning: 'ptl' may be used uninitialized in this function.
> >> The spinlock pointer is assigned to null since it gets overwritten right away in
> >> pte_alloc_map_lock().
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Borislav Petkov <bbpetkov@yahoo.de>
> >> ---
> >>
> >> Index: linux-mm/mm/memory.c
> >> ===================================================================
> >> --- linux-mm.orig/mm/memory.c 2007-04-26 19:57:14.000000000 +0200
> >> +++ linux-mm/mm/memory.c 2007-04-26 20:00:30.000000000 +0200
> >> @@ -1488,7 +1488,7 @@
> >> pte_t *pte;
> >> int err;
> >> struct page *pmd_page;
> >> - spinlock_t *ptl;
> >> + spinlock_t *ptl = NULL;
> >>
> >> pte = (mm == &init_mm) ?
> >> pte_alloc_kernel(pmd, addr) :
> >>
> >
> > yes, I've been staring unhappily at this for some time.
> >
> > Your change adds seven bytes of text to this function for no runtime
> > benefit, just to fix a build-time warning. It's a general problem.
> >
> >
> > Often we just leave the warning in place and curse gcc each time it flies
> > past. Sometimes the code can be restructured in a sensible fashion to
> > avoid the warning; often it cannot.
> >
> > But I don't think I want to put up with a warning coming out of core MM all
> > the time so let's go with the following silliness which adds no additional
> > runtime cost.
> >
> > --- a/mm/memory.c~add-apply_to_page_range-which-applies-a-function-to-a-pte-range-fix
> > +++ a/mm/memory.c
> > @@ -1455,7 +1455,7 @@ static int apply_to_pte_range(struct mm_
> > pte_t *pte;
> > int err;
> > struct page *pmd_page;
> > - spinlock_t *ptl;
> > + spinlock_t *ptl = ptl; /* Suppress gcc warning */
> >
> > pte = (mm == &init_mm) ?
> > pte_alloc_kernel(pmd, addr) :
> > _
> >
>
> Perhaps we should have some kind definition helper.
>
> #define suppress_unused(x) x = x
>
> spinlock_t *suppress_unused(ptl);

I like that idea, let's do that. However, Andrew's concern remains still valid
about suppressing the suppression and thereby hiding real bugs. But hey, the use
of such a macro is pretty straightforward and if we choose a suitable name for
it stating the unitialized state of the variable, messing up stuff then and
producing a faulty code out of it is pretty careless to begin with, IMVHO.
Here's a patch:

-----
From: Borislav Petkov <bbpetkov@yahoo.de>

Introduce a macro for suppressing gcc from generating a warning about a probable
unitialized state of a variable.

Signed-off-by: Borislav Petkov <bbpetkov@yahoo.de>

---

Index: linux-mm/include/linux/compiler.h
===================================================================
--- linux-mm.orig/include/linux/compiler.h
+++ linux-mm/include/linux/compiler.h
@@ -109,6 +109,10 @@ extern int do_check_likely(struct likeli
(typeof(ptr)) (__ptr + (off)); })
#endif

+#ifndef unitialized_var
+# define unitialized_var(x) x = x
+#endif
+
#endif /* __KERNEL__ */

#endif /* __ASSEMBLY__ */
Index: linux-mm/mm/memory.c
===================================================================
--- linux-mm.orig/mm/memory.c
+++ linux-mm/mm/memory.c
@@ -1488,7 +1488,7 @@ static int apply_to_pte_range(struct mm_
pte_t *pte;
int err;
struct page *pmd_page;
- spinlock_t *ptl;
+ spinlock_t *unitialized_var(ptl);

pte = (mm == &init_mm) ?
pte_alloc_kernel(pmd, addr) :
--
Regards/Gruß,
Boris.
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