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Subject[PATCH 3.18 060/104] string: drop __must_check from strscpy() and restore strscpy() usages in cgroup
From: Tejun Heo <>

commit 08a77676f9c5fc69a681ccd2cd8140e65dcb26c7 upstream.

e7fd37ba1217 ("cgroup: avoid copying strings longer than the buffers")
converted possibly unsafe strncpy() usages in cgroup to strscpy().
However, although the callsites are completely fine with truncated
copied, because strscpy() is marked __must_check, it led to the
following warnings.

kernel/cgroup/cgroup.c: In function ‘cgroup_file_name’:
kernel/cgroup/cgroup.c:1400:10: warning: ignoring return value of ‘strscpy’, declared with attribute warn_unused_result [-Wunused-result]
strscpy(buf, cft->name, CGROUP_FILE_NAME_MAX);

To avoid the warnings, 50034ed49645 ("cgroup: use strlcpy() instead of
strscpy() to avoid spurious warning") switched them to strlcpy().

strlcpy() is worse than strlcpy() because it unconditionally runs
strlen() on the source string, and the only reason we switched to
strlcpy() here was because it was lacking __must_check, which doesn't
reflect any material differences between the two function. It's just
that someone added __must_check to strscpy() and not to strlcpy().

These basic string copy operations are used in variety of ways, and
one of not-so-uncommon use cases is safely handling truncated copies,
where the caller naturally doesn't care about the return value. The
__must_check doesn't match the actual use cases and forces users to
opt for inferior variants which lack __must_check by happenstance or
spread ugly (void) casts.

Remove __must_check from strscpy() and restore strscpy() usages in

Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <>
Suggested-by: Linus Torvalds <>
Cc: Ma Shimiao <>
Cc: Arnd Bergmann <>
Cc: Chris Metcalf <>
[backport only the string.h portion to remove build warnings starting to show up - gregkh]
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

include/linux/string.h | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/include/linux/string.h
+++ b/include/linux/string.h
@@ -26,7 +26,7 @@ extern char * strncpy(char *,const char
size_t strlcpy(char *, const char *, size_t);
-ssize_t __must_check strscpy(char *, const char *, size_t);
+ssize_t strscpy(char *, const char *, size_t);
extern char * strcat(char *, const char *);

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