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SubjectRe: [PATCH] sdhci: 'scratch' may be used uninitialized
On Sun, Oct 05, 2008 at 03:53:28PM -0700, Steven Noonan wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 5, 2008 at 7:28 AM, Adrian Bunk <bunk@kernel.org> wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 01:50:25AM -0700, Steven Noonan wrote:
> >> The variable 'scratch' is always initialized before it's used. The
> >> conditional which is responsible for initialization of 'scratch' will
> >> always evaluate 'true' when the first loop iteration occurs, and thus,
> >> it's properly initialized. GCC doesn't see this, of course, so using
> >> the uninitialized_var() macro seems to work for silencing this case.
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Steven Noonan <steven@uplinklabs.net>
> >> ---
> >> drivers/mmc/host/sdhci.c | 2 +-
> >> 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
> >>
> >> diff --git a/drivers/mmc/host/sdhci.c b/drivers/mmc/host/sdhci.c
> >> index e3a8133..6257677 100644
> >> --- a/drivers/mmc/host/sdhci.c
> >> +++ b/drivers/mmc/host/sdhci.c
> >> @@ -177,7 +177,7 @@ static void sdhci_read_block_pio(struct sdhci_host *host)
> >> {
> >> unsigned long flags;
> >> size_t blksize, len, chunk;
> >> - u32 scratch;
> >> + u32 uninitialized_var(scratch);
> >>...
> >
> > With which gcc version?
> >
> > I'm not getting this warning with gcc 4.3, and IMHO it doesn't make
> > sense to clutter the source code with such workarounds for older gcc
> > versions (we officially support 6 years old compilers, and warning-free
> > compilations with all of them are not reasonably possible).
> >
> > cu
> > Adrian
>
> I've seen it on GCC 4.1 and 4.2. Since lots of distributions still
> haven't marked GCC >4.1 stable, it makes sense to me to kill warnings
> for GCC 4.1 and above. I don't know of any current distribution
> releases using less than GCC 4.1 at the moment.

It will clutter our code with these workarounds forever.

And due to silencing these false warnings we will no longer get a
warning when one of them becomes a real bug.

Working on the remaining warnings that are visible with gcc 4.3 is a
worthwhile goal, but I see no point for silencing some warnings that
only occur with older gcc versions (especially as long as warnings
that are present with all gcc versions stay unfixed).

> - Steven

cu
Adrian

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of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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