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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] usb/hcd: Send a uevent signaling that the host controller had died
On Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 10:21:32AM -0400, Alan Stern wrote:
> On Thu, 18 Apr 2019, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
>
> > On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 04:20:09PM -0700, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> > > On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 3:41 PM Raul Rangel <rrangel@chromium.org> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 03:23:52PM -0700, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> > > > > On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 3:11 PM Raul Rangel <rrangel@chromium.org> wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 04:39:23PM -0400, Alan Stern wrote:
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > This sounds like a golden opportunity! Submit a separate patch making
> > > > > > > the parameter to kobject_uevent_env be const (actually const char *
> > > > > > > const []), then submit this patch on top of that one.
> > > > > > So there are other parts of the code base that dynamically create their
> > > > > > array values. So by making the function take const, it breaks :(
> > > > >
> > > > > Confused. The calling code can still be non-const. I don't see the
> > > > > parameter modified in kobject_uevent_env(), so declaring it const
> > > > > should be possible. Can you give an example of code that no longer
> > > > > works ?
> > > > static int notify_user_space(struct thermal_zone_device *tz, int trip)
> > > > {
> > > > char *thermal_prop[5];
> > > > int i;
> > > >
> > > > mutex_lock(&tz->lock);
> > > > thermal_prop[0] = kasprintf(GFP_KERNEL, "NAME=%s", tz->type);
> > > > thermal_prop[1] = kasprintf(GFP_KERNEL, "TEMP=%d", tz->temperature);
> > > > thermal_prop[2] = kasprintf(GFP_KERNEL, "TRIP=%d", trip);
> > > > thermal_prop[3] = kasprintf(GFP_KERNEL, "EVENT=%d", tz->notify_event);
> > > > thermal_prop[4] = NULL;
> > > > kobject_uevent_env(&tz->device.kobj, KOBJ_CHANGE, thermal_prop);
> > > > for (i = 0; i < 4; ++i)
> > > > kfree(thermal_prop[i]);
> > > > mutex_unlock(&tz->lock);
> > > > return 0;
> > > > }
> > > >
> > > > drivers/thermal/user_space.c:48:52: error: passing 'char *[5]' to parameter of type 'const char *const *' discards qualifiers in nested pointer types [-Werror,-Wincompatible-pointer-types-discards-qualifiers]
> > > > kobject_uevent_env(&tz->device.kobj, KOBJ_CHANGE, thermal_prop);
> > > > ^~~~~~~~~~~~
> > > > include/linux/kobject.h:238:22: note: passing argument to parameter 'envp' here
> > > > const char *const envp[]);
> > > > ^
> > > >
> > > > http://c-faq.com/ansi/constmismatch.html explains why it fails.
> > > >
> > > Interesting. One never stops learning. So the best you could do would
> > > be char * const envp[], but I guess that doesn't help much.
> >
> > Yeah, I went down this path a year or so ago and had to give it up as
> > well :(
>
> Well, the signature could still be changed as Guenter suggests.
>
> And the array being added in the new code could still be static.
> After all, there isn't really any danger that the contents of those
> strings will be modified, right? It's just that the const modifiers
> weren't put in until it was too late and there were too many existing
> callers. Perhaps a comment about this could be included in the
> kerneldoc for kobject_uevent_env.

I am all for changing this, but I remember I tried to, and somehow
failed, but I don't remember the full details sorry, it was a while ago.
If someone figures out how to make this all const, I will gladly take
that patch.

thanks,

greg k-h

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