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SubjectRe: [tip:tracing/core] tracing: trace_output.c, fix false positive compiler warning

* Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org> wrote:

>
> On Wed, 6 May 2009, tip-bot for Jaswinder Singh Rajput wrote:
>
> > Commit-ID: 48dd0fed90e2b1f1ba87401439b85942181c6df3
> > Gitweb: http://git.kernel.org/tip/48dd0fed90e2b1f1ba87401439b85942181c6df3
> > Author: Jaswinder Singh Rajput <jaswinder@kernel.org>
> > AuthorDate: Wed, 6 May 2009 15:45:45 +0530
> > Committer: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
> > CommitDate: Wed, 6 May 2009 14:19:16 +0200
> >
> > tracing: trace_output.c, fix false positive compiler warning
> >
> > This compiler warning:
> >
> > CC kernel/trace/trace_output.o
> > kernel/trace/trace_output.c: In function ?register_ftrace_event?:
> > kernel/trace/trace_output.c:544: warning: ?list? may be used uninitialized in this function
> >
> > Is wrong as 'list' is always initialized - but GCC (4.3.2) does not
> > recognize this relationship properly.
> >
> > Work around the warning by initializing the variable to NULL.
> >
> > [ Impact: fix false positive compiler warning ]
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Jaswinder Singh Rajput <jaswinderrajput@gmail.com>
> > Acked-by: Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org>
> > LKML-Reference: <new-submission>
> > Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
> >
> >
> > ---
> > kernel/trace/trace_output.c | 2 +-
> > 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/kernel/trace/trace_output.c b/kernel/trace/trace_output.c
> > index 5fc51f0..8bd9a2c 100644
> > --- a/kernel/trace/trace_output.c
> > +++ b/kernel/trace/trace_output.c
> > @@ -541,7 +541,7 @@ int register_ftrace_event(struct trace_event *event)
> > INIT_LIST_HEAD(&event->list);
> >
> > if (!event->type) {
> > - struct list_head *list;
> > + struct list_head *list = NULL;
>
> Actually this is the wrong place to initialize. The correct place
> is in the function that is expected to.

does it really matter? It's far more robust to initialize at the
definition site, because there we can be sure there's no
side-effects. This one:

> /* Did we used up all 65 thousand events??? */
> - if ((last + 1) > FTRACE_MAX_EVENT)
> + if ((last + 1) > FTRACE_MAX_EVENT) {
> + *list = NULL;
> return 0;
> + }

Is correct too but needs a semantic check (and ongoing maintenance,
etc.).

Ingo


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