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SubjectRe: [PATCH] nvdimm: avoid bogus -Wmaybe-uninitialized warning
On Tue, Aug 01, 2017 at 02:45:34PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 1 Aug 2017 13:48:48 +0200 Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de> wrote:
>
> > Removing the btt_rw_page/pmem_rw_page functions had a surprising
> > side-effect of introducing a false-positive warning in another
> > function, due to changed inlining decisions in gcc:
> >
> > In file included from drivers/nvdimm/pmem.c:36:0:
> > drivers/nvdimm/pmem.c: In function 'pmem_make_request':
> > drivers/nvdimm/nd.h:407:2: error: 'start' may be used uninitialized in this function [-Werror=maybe-uninitialized]
> > drivers/nvdimm/pmem.c:174:16: note: 'start' was declared here
> > In file included from drivers/nvdimm/btt.c:27:0:
> > drivers/nvdimm/btt.c: In function 'btt_make_request':
> > drivers/nvdimm/nd.h:407:2: error: 'start' may be used uninitialized in this function [-Werror=maybe-uninitialized]
> > drivers/nvdimm/btt.c:1202:16: note: 'start' was declared here
> >
> > The problem is that gcc fails to track the value of the 'do_acct'
> > variable here and has to read it back from stack, but it does
> > remember that 'start' may be uninitialized sometimes.
> >
> > This shuts up the warning by making nd_iostat_start() always
> > initialize the 'start' variable. In those cases that gcc successfully
> > tracks the state of the variable, this will have no effect.
> >
> > ...
> >
> > --- a/drivers/nvdimm/nd.h
> > +++ b/drivers/nvdimm/nd.h
> > @@ -392,8 +392,10 @@ static inline bool nd_iostat_start(struct bio *bio, unsigned long *start)
> > {
> > struct gendisk *disk = bio->bi_bdev->bd_disk;
> >
> > - if (!blk_queue_io_stat(disk->queue))
> > + if (!blk_queue_io_stat(disk->queue)) {
> > + *start = 0;
> > return false;
> > + }
> >
> > *start = jiffies;
> > generic_start_io_acct(bio_data_dir(bio),
>
> Well that's sad.
>
> The future of btt-remove-btt_rw_page.patch and friends is shrouded in
> mystery, but if we proceed that way then yes, I guess we'll need to
> work around such gcc glitches.
>
> But let's not leave apparently-unneeded code in place without telling
> people why it is in fact needed?

Maybe it's just cleaner to initialize 'start' in all the callers, so we don't
have a mysterious line and have to remember why it's there / comment it?

I'll throw a patch like that in my series if/when I repost.

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