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SubjectRe: 2.4.0-test10-pre6: Use of abs()
On Mon, Oct 30, 2000 at 03:01:16PM +0100, Martin Dalecki wrote:
> Horst von Brand wrote:
> >
> > Red Hat 7.0, i686, gcc-20001027 (Yes, I know. Just to flush out bugs on
> > both sides).
> >
> > abs() is used at least in:
> >
> > arch/i386/kernel/time.c
> > drivers/md/raid1.c
> > drivers/sound/sb_ess.c
> >
> > gcc warns about use of a non-declared function each time.
> >
> > No definition for the function is to be found (grep over all include/ comes
> > up clean, except for extern definitions in asm-{mips,ppc}; ditto for lib/).
> > Presumably gcc is using a builtin (it doesn't show up in System.map). Is
> > this the desired state of affairs? Should a include/linux/stdlib.h be
>
> Yes abs will be transformed into an internal function, which will be
> fully
> unrolled due to -O2.

No matter what it should be prototyped in some header. And all uses should
be checked, because abs is
int abs (int) __attribute__ ((__const__));
and sometimes people use it on `long' instead (such a bug has been fixed in
the kernel some months ago).

Jakub
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