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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Remove pointless <0 comparison for unsigned variable in fs/fcntl.c
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    On Tue, 23 Nov 2004 17:03:10 CST, Timur Tabi said:
    > Jesper Juhl wrote:
    >
    > > if pid_t is 16 bit, then the value can never be greater than 0xffff but,
    > > if pid_t is greater than 16 bit, say 32 bit, then the argument "a" could
    > > very well contain a value greater than 0xffff and then the comparison
    > > makes perfect sense.
    >
    > If pid_t is 32-bit, then what's wrong with the value being greater than
    > 0xFFFF? After all, if pid_t a 32-bit number, that implies that 32-bit
    > values are acceptable.

    Try setting max_pid to 256K or so on an i386 - although the result fits
    nicely in a pid_t with plenty of bits to spare, Very Bad Things happen.

    Long thread starting at http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=109497978724424&w=2
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