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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drivers: video: Remove useless checks
On 05/26/2011 03:30 AM, Maxin B John wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 1:47 PM, Tim Gardner<tim.gardner@canonical.com> wrote:
>> On 05/19/2011 12:27 PM, Maxin B John wrote:
>>>
>>> Comparing unsigned less than zero will never be true.
>>> Removing similar checks from 'fbmem.c' and 'fbcmap.c'.
>>
>> Looks right to me, though there are other places that suffer from the same
>> issue. See fb_set_cmap() and its use of 'int start' and cmap->start.
>
> Thank you very much for reviewing the patch. As per your suggestion, I
> have checked
> the scenario is fb_set_cmap() and the use of 'int start' and 'cmap->start'.
>
> IMHO, that scenario doesn't fall under the comparison of unsigned int
> < 0. That scenario
> looks similar to the below given code to me:
> /*---------------------------------*/
> #include<stdio.h>
>
> int
> main ()
> {
> unsigned int u_int = -1;
> int s_int = 0;
> s_int = u_int;
> if (s_int< 0)
> printf ("s_int is less than 0\n");
> return 0;
> }
> /*---------------------------------*/
>
> Please let me know your comments.
>
> Best Regards,
> Maxin
>

IMHO mixing signed and unsigned comparisons like this is just wrong. Its
unnecessarily complicated and misleading, especially for a device
driver. I'm a firm believer in the KISS philosophy for driver development.

Its likely that the reason the fb code got into this situation is
because a type was changed from signed to unsigned whence long ago, and
nobody has bothered to clean it up.

rtg
--
Tim Gardner tim.gardner@canonical.com


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