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SubjectRe: [PATCH] cred: remove const qualifiers
On Sun, 10 Aug 2008 11:58:36 +0100 David Howells <> wrote:

> Harvey Harrison <> wrote:
> > get_new_cred clearly writes through the pointer, so const isn't
> > appropriate. Sparse warns thusly:
> >
> > include/linux/cred.h: In function ___get_cred___:
> > include/linux/cred.h:181: warning: passing argument 1 of ___get_new_cred___ discards qualifiers from pointer target type
> Sparse is wrong in this instance, it failed to note the cast. I know what I'm
> doing.

Nobody who reads the code will know what you were doing - the code
looks plain wrong.

> > -static inline const struct cred *get_cred(const struct cred *cred)
> > +static inline struct cred *get_cred(struct cred *cred)
> That will break the compilation. Please don't do that.
> The point of my use of const in this instance is to stop people from trying to
> modify committed credentials directly, especially current->cred. But we still
> have to be able to take a reference to it. Unfortunately, C does not provide
> the necessary tools to do what I want.
> Eventually, we can probably ditch the const marks on the pointers but not yet.

That information should have been included in a code comment.

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