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Subject[PATCH] Remove lots of IS_ERR_VALUE abuses.
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    Most users of IS_ERR_VALUE() in the kernel are wrong, as they
pass an 'int' into a function that takes an 'unsigned long'
argument. This happens to work because the type is sign-extended
on 64-bit architectures before it gets converted into an
unsigned type.

However, anything that passes an 'unsigned short' or 'unsigned int'
argument into IS_ERR_VALUE() is guaranteed to be broken, as are
8-bit integers and types that are wider than 'unsigned long'.

Andrzej Hajda has already fixed a lot of the worst abusers that
were causing actual bugs, but it would be nice to prevent any
users that are not passing 'unsigned long' arguments.

This patch changes all users of IS_ERR_VALUE() that I could find
on 32-bit ARM randconfig builds and x86 allmodconfig. For the
moment, this doesn't change the definition of IS_ERR_VALUE()
because there are probably still architecture specific users
elsewhere.

Almost all the warnings I got are for files that are better off
using 'if (err)' or 'if (err < 0)'.
The only legitimate user I could find that we get a warning for
is the (32-bit only) freescale QE UCC Fast API.

I was using this definition for testing:

#define IS_ERR_VALUE(x) ((unsigned long*)NULL == (typeof (x)*)NULL && \
unlikely((unsigned long long)(x) >= (unsigned long long)(typeof(x))-MAX_ERRNO))

which ends up making all 16-bit or wider types work correctly with
the most plausible interpretation of what IS_ERR_VALUE() was supposed
to return according to its users, but also causes a compile-time
warning for any users that do not pass an 'unsigned long' argument.

Signed-off-by: Arvind Yadav <arvind.yadav.cs@gmail.com>
---
drivers/soc/fsl/qe/ucc_fast.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/soc/fsl/qe/ucc_fast.c b/drivers/soc/fsl/qe/ucc_fast.c
index a768931..7cc783c 100644
--- a/drivers/soc/fsl/qe/ucc_fast.c
+++ b/drivers/soc/fsl/qe/ucc_fast.c
@@ -268,7 +268,7 @@ int ucc_fast_init(struct ucc_fast_info * uf_info, struct ucc_fast_private ** ucc
/* Allocate memory for Tx Virtual Fifo */
uccf->ucc_fast_tx_virtual_fifo_base_offset =
qe_muram_alloc(uf_info->utfs, UCC_FAST_VIRT_FIFO_REGS_ALIGNMENT);
- if (IS_ERR_VALUE(uccf->ucc_fast_tx_virtual_fifo_base_offset)) {
+ if (uccf->ucc_fast_tx_virtual_fifo_base_offset < 0) {
printk(KERN_ERR "%s: cannot allocate MURAM for TX FIFO\n",
__func__);
uccf->ucc_fast_tx_virtual_fifo_base_offset = 0;
@@ -281,7 +281,7 @@ int ucc_fast_init(struct ucc_fast_info * uf_info, struct ucc_fast_private ** ucc
qe_muram_alloc(uf_info->urfs +
UCC_FAST_RECEIVE_VIRTUAL_FIFO_SIZE_FUDGE_FACTOR,
UCC_FAST_VIRT_FIFO_REGS_ALIGNMENT);
- if (IS_ERR_VALUE(uccf->ucc_fast_rx_virtual_fifo_base_offset)) {
+ if (uccf->ucc_fast_rx_virtual_fifo_base_offset < 0) {
printk(KERN_ERR "%s: cannot allocate MURAM for RX FIFO\n",
__func__);
uccf->ucc_fast_rx_virtual_fifo_base_offset = 0;
--
1.9.1
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