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Subject[PATCH] disable gcc warnings of sign/unsigned comparison

Please consider applying the following patch.

This patch turns off all gcc warnings on comparing signed with unsigned
numbers, by setting the gcc option -Wno-sign-compare in the top

These warnings state:

warning: comparison between signed and unsigned

This patch is a "personal preference" decision. If you choose to
reject it, I seek no justifications.

I like it, and at least with the version of gcc I happen to be using
(3.3), find it really helps. This version of gcc dumps out many such
complaints otherwise.

And one could make a case that Linus would like this patch, from his
remark of a couple months ago, on a thread with the Subject of:

[PATCH] irda: fix type of struct irda_ias_set.attribute.irda_attrib_string.len

in which Linus wrote:
> That's why I hate the "sign compare" warning of gcc so much - it warns
> about things that you CANNOT sanely write in any other way. That makes
> that particular warning _evil_, since it encourages people to write crap
> code.

But what Linus actually thinks of this, I've no further clues.

The patch was computed against 2.6.0-mm2.

Thank-you for your consideration.

# This is a BitKeeper generated patch for the following project:
# Project Name: Linux kernel tree
# This patch format is intended for GNU patch command version 2.5 or higher.
# This patch includes the following deltas:
# ChangeSet 1.1536 -> 1.1537
# Makefile 1.441 -> 1.442
# The following is the BitKeeper ChangeSet Log
# --------------------------------------------
# 04/01/01 1.1537
# ignore gcc sign compare warnings
# --------------------------------------------
diff -Nru a/Makefile b/Makefile
--- a/Makefile Thu Jan 1 04:13:04 2004
+++ b/Makefile Thu Jan 1 04:13:04 2004
@@ -161,7 +161,7 @@

HOSTCC = gcc
-HOSTCFLAGS = -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer
+HOSTCFLAGS = -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wno-sign-compare -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer

# Decide whether to build built-in, modular, or both.
@@ -275,7 +275,7 @@
CPPFLAGS := -D__KERNEL__ -Iinclude \
$(if $(KBUILD_SRC),-Iinclude2 -I$(srctree)/include)

-CFLAGS := -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wno-trigraphs \
+CFLAGS := -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wno-sign-compare -Wno-trigraphs \
-fno-strict-aliasing -fno-common

I won't rest till it's the best ...
Programmer, Linux Scalability
Paul Jackson <> 1.650.933.1373
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