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SubjectWARN_ON() which sometimes sucks
It started when I tried to write

WARN_ON(m->seq_ops_allocated);

in today's "[PATCH] single_open/seq_release leak diagnostics¹.
Suprisingly compiler told me piss off with:

CC fs/seq_file.o
fs/seq_file.c: In function 'seq_release':
fs/seq_file.c:285: error: 'typeof' applied to a bit-field

Well, duh! Earlier versions of WARN_ON allowed that until commit
684f978347deb42d180373ac4c427f82ef963171² which added typeof().

OK, nobody noticed that WARN_ON(bitfield) stopped working. But I
question the rationale of that commit:

Letting WARN_ON/WARN_ON_ONCE return the condition means that you could
do

if (WARN_ON(blah)) {
handle_impossible_case
}

Rather than

if (unlikely(blah)) {
WARN_ON(1)
handle_impossible_case
}

I think that second case is more clear and immediately understandable.
If folks agree, I'll send revert so that WARN_ON(var), WARN_ON(ptr),
WARN_ON(bitfield) and WARN_ON(condition) work as expected.

¹ http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=118588389612083&w=2
²

tree db9025d8c6b267565c7110e09b16193957186a48
parent 6299a2dec89d22940e36832f15c0addfb77e6910
author Herbert Xu <herbert@gondor.apana.org.au> 1159520346 -0700
committer Linus Torvalds <torvalds@g5.osdl.org> 1159546686 -0700

[PATCH] Let WARN_ON/WARN_ON_ONCE return the condition

Letting WARN_ON/WARN_ON_ONCE return the condition means that you could do

if (WARN_ON(blah)) {
handle_impossible_case
}

Rather than

if (unlikely(blah)) {
WARN_ON(1)
handle_impossible_case
}

I checked all the newly added WARN_ON_ONCE users and none of them test the
return status so we can still change it.

[akpm@osdl.org: warning fix]
[akpm@osdl.org: build fix]
Signed-off-by: Herbert Xu <herbert@gondor.apana.org.au>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>

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