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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] staging: xgifb: Initialize uninitialized variables
On 09/08/2010 02:38 AM, Greg KH wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 07, 2010 at 10:46:27AM +0200, Jiri Slaby wrote:
>> On 09/07/2010 07:34 AM, Javier Martinez Canillas wrote:
>>> Current patch solves compilation warnings in staging/xgifb for using possibly uninitialized variables.
>>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Javier Martinez Canillas <martinez.javier@gmail.com>
>>> ---
>>> drivers/staging/xgifb/vb_setmode.c | 4 ++--
>>> 1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>>>
>>> diff --git a/drivers/staging/xgifb/vb_setmode.c b/drivers/staging/xgifb/vb_setmode.c
>>> index c4db2fc..720a592 100644
>>> --- a/drivers/staging/xgifb/vb_setmode.c
>>> +++ b/drivers/staging/xgifb/vb_setmode.c
>>> @@ -376,7 +376,7 @@ void InitTo330Pointer(unsigned char ChipType, struct vb_device_info *pVBInfo)
>>> unsigned char XGISetModeNew(struct xgi_hw_device_info *HwDeviceExtension,
>>> unsigned short ModeNo)
>>> {
>>> - unsigned short ModeIdIndex;
>>> + unsigned short ModeIdIndex = 0;
>>> /* unsigned char *pVBInfo->FBAddr = HwDeviceExtension->pjVideoMemoryAddress; */
>>> struct vb_device_info VBINF;
>>> struct vb_device_info *pVBInfo = &VBINF;
>>
>> No, please don't. This is a compiler bug.
>>
>> The first use in that function is:
>> XGI_SearchModeID( ModeNo , &ModeIdIndex, pVBInfo );
>>
>> and that function contains:
>> if (XYZ) {
>> for( *ModeIdIndex = 0 ; ; ( *ModeIdIndex )++ )
>> ...
>> } else {
>> for( *ModeIdIndex = 0 ; ; ( *ModeIdIndex )++ )
>> ...
>> }
>>
>> So your compiler is foolish if that emits a warning.
>
> No, I don't see a way that the compiler could really figure that type of
> logic out. It doesn't know that XGI_SearchModeID() always will set that
> field. Heck, at first glance I couldn't even figure it out :)

No, the compiler could. Trust me :). Actually you've just hidden a bug
in XGI_SearchModeID. There is #ifdef LINUX and LINUX is defined in
main.h. But that file is not included in vb_setmode.c. Hence the
uninitialized warnings...

> So I don't mind applying this patch, as I'll just constantly keep
> getting people sending me the same change, when they could be off
> working on other things that this driver needs.

So instead of hiding bugs, please fix the right ones.

thanks,
--
js


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