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SubjectRe: {painfully BISECTED} Please revert f25c80a4b2: arch/um/drivers: remove duplicate structure field initialization
On Tue, 28 Sep 2010 13:24:40 -0700
Linus Torvalds <> wrote:

> Ping, no comments?
> On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 6:17 AM, Boaz Harrosh <> wrote:
> >
> > [bharrosh@fs2 ~/dev/git/pub/scsi-misc] 1115$ git bisect good
> > f25c80a4b2bf93c99820f470573626557db35202 is the first bad commit
> > commit f25c80a4b2bf93c99820f470573626557db35202
> It looks like that commit is indeed very misleading. The commit message says:
> "arch/um/drivers: remove duplicate structure field initialization"
> but it is in fact not duplicate: there's two field initializations,
> but they are _different_. Looking at the patch, it has:
> .ndo_set_mac_address = uml_net_set_mac,
> - .ndo_set_mac_address = eth_mac_addr,
> so it removes the later one, but it is not at all clear which one the
> compiler actually used. My guess is that it used to use the later one
> (the standard eth_mac_addr function), and the patch made it suddenly
> use the uml_net_set_mac function.
> I didn't check what gcc used to do, but this:
> > The patch Reverts cleanly on top of 2.6.36-rc5 and after Revert works perfectly as
> > before.
> makes me suspect that nobody else checked it either.

I checked! gcc uses the second initialiser.

uml_net_set_mac() is:

static int uml_net_set_mac(struct net_device *dev, void *addr)
struct uml_net_private *lp = netdev_priv(dev);
struct sockaddr *hwaddr = addr;
eth_mac_addr(dev, hwaddr->sa_data);

return 0;
And I misread that, assuming that it's just a wrapper around
eth_mac_addr(). Only it isn't, because it passes eth_mac_addr() the
MAC address's address directly (with ->sa_data). But eth_mac_addr()
expects a `struct sockaddr *'.

And for some wtf reason, eth_mac_addr() passes that `struct
sockaddr *' in a `void *', thus cunningly hiding the bug.

Yeah, please revert it.

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