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SubjectRe: [PATCH] string.h: Mark 34 functions with __must_check
On Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 7:30 AM Dan Carpenter <dan.carpenter@oracle.com> wrote:
>
> On Wed, Oct 09, 2019 at 04:21:20PM +0200, Rasmus Villemoes wrote:
> > On 09/10/2019 15.56, Dan Carpenter wrote:
> > > That's because glibc strlen is annotated with __attribute_pure__ which
> > > means it has no side effects.
> >
> > I know, except it has nothing to do with glibc headers. Just try the
> > same thing in the kernel. gcc itself knows this about __builtin_strlen()
> > etc. If anything, we could annotate some of our non-standard functions
> > (say, memchr_inv) with __pure - then we'd both get the Wunused-value in
> > the nonsense cases, and allow gcc to optimize or reorder the calls.
>
> Huh. You're right. GCC already knows. So this patch is pointless like
> you say.

Is it? None of the functions in include/linux/string.h are currently
marked __pure today. (Side note, I'm surprised that any function that
accepts a pointer could be considered pure. I could reassign pointed
to value without changing the pointers value. I can see strlen being
"pure" for string literals, but not for char[]. This is something
I'll play with more, I've already spotted one missed optimization in
LLVM: https://bugs.llvm.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43624).

I think it would be an interesting study to see how often functions
that have return codes are ok to not check vs aren't ok (in a large
production codebase like the Linux kernel), similar to how 97% of
cases fallthrough is unintentional (which to me sounds like maybe the
default behavior of the language is incorrect).
--
Thanks,
~Nick Desaulniers

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