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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] irda: fix type of struct irda_ias_set.attribute.irda_attrib_string.len
    On Mon, Nov 10, 2003 at 06:59:59PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
    > On Tue, 11 Nov 2003, Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo wrote:
    > >
    > > Ok, ias_opt->attribute.irda_attrib_string.len is __u8, but
    > > IAS_MAX_STRING = 256... so attribute.irda_attrib_string.len has to be at least
    > > __u18, this patch fix this, please see if it is appropriate and if it is so,
    > > apply.
    > No, please don't. This
    > (a) changes ABI structures that are exported to user space

    Yes ! You are 100% correct, changing this would break all the
    IrDA user space, which I'm not keen on doing.

    > (b) is unnecessary - since the problem is the _warning_, not the test.
    > Just shut the warning up by either removing the test (replacing it with a
    > comment about why it's unnecessary), or by adding a cast, ie
    > unsigned int len = ias_opt->attribute.irda_attrib_string.len;
    > if (len > IAS_MAX_STRING) {
    > ...
    > in case the code ever expects IAS_MAX_STRING to be shorter (or if the type
    > is ever changed).

    Yes, in this case the test should be removed with a comment.

    > Linus

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