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SubjectRe: I need help with a sparse warning
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On Friday 12 September 2008, Larry Finger wrote:
> Steven Noonan wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 7:13 PM, Larry Finger <Larry.Finger@lwfinger.net> wrote:
> >> In file drivers/net/wireless/p54/p54common.c, the statement
> >>
> >> priv->rx_mtu = (size_t) le16_to_cpu((__le16)bootrec->data[10]);
> >>
> >> generates the sparse warning
> >>
> >> .../p54common.c:185:29: warning: cast to restricted __le16
> >>
> >> where bootrec->data is u32, and priv->rx_mtu is u16.
> >>
> >
> > (Whoops, didn't CC the mailing lists. Sorry about the double-message, Larry.)
> >
> > If priv->rx_mtu is u16, I'm surprised it doesn't get noisy about the
> > size_t cast. Unless the machine it's being compiled on is 16-bit, that
> > should throw a truncation warning, because size_t should be a 32-bit
> > integer on 32-bit machines (typically).
> >
> > I think if you change the (__le16) cast to (__le16 __force) it will
> > stop warning you about that particular issue.
>
> This one gets rid of the sparse warning.
>
> priv->rx_mtu = le16_to_cpu((__le16 __force)
> bootrec->data[10]);

I think you should rather fix the type of bootrec->data.
If it is u32, but the data in fact is __le16, please fix the struct instead
of adding dangerous casts.
Note that this is especially dangerous, because you cast between different
typesizes and endianesses at the same time.


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