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SubjectRe: [PATCH] string.h: Mark 34 functions with __must_check
On Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 6:26 AM Rasmus Villemoes
<> wrote:
> On 09/10/2019 14.14, Markus Elfring wrote:
> > From: Markus Elfring <>
> > Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2019 13:53:59 +0200
> >
> > Several functions return values with which useful data processing
> > should be performed. These values must not be ignored then.
> > Thus use the annotation “__must_check” in the shown function declarations.
> This _might_ make sense for those that are basically kmalloc() wrappers
> in one way or another [1]. But what's the point of annotating pure
> functions such as strchr, strstr, memchr etc? Nobody is calling those
> for their side effects (they don't have any...), so obviously the return
> value is used. If somebody does a strcmp() without using the result, so
> what? OK, it's odd code that might be worth flagging, but I don't think
> that's the kind of thing one accidentally adds. You're also not

Just seeing the amount of trivial errors that folks push that 0day bot
spots, I don't think this would hurt. "No true Scotsman" writes C
code without properly checking their return types (today), but if
anything it would help cut down on silly trivial mistakes before they
reach code review (assuming the code was compile tested before sent,
which a lot of it is not, as per the many many many 0day bot emails I
ignore because it's obvious folks didn't even try compiling their

> consistent - strlen() is not annotated. And, for the standard C
> functions, -Wall already seems to warn about an unused call:
> #include <string.h>
> int f(const char *s)
> {
> strlen(s);
> return 3;
> }
> $ gcc -Wall -o a.o -c a.c
> a.c: In function ‘f’:
> a.c:5:2: warning: statement with no effect [-Wunused-value]
> strlen(s);
> ^~~~~~~~~
> [1] Just might. The problem is the __must_check does not mean that the
> return value must be followed by a comparison to NULL and bailing out
> (that can't really be checked), it simply ensures the return value is
> assigned somewhere or used in an if(). So foo->bar = kstrdup() not

Which is better than nothing, IMO.

> followed by a check of foo->bar won't warn. So one would essentially
> only catch instant-leaks. __must_check is much better suited for
> functions that mutate a passed-in or global object, e.g.
> start_engine(engine).
> Rasmus

~Nick Desaulniers

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