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Subject[PATCH] x86/mm: drop superfluous initialization
It is not required to initialize the local variable start in
memory_map_top_down(), as the variable will be initialized in any path
before it is used.

make clang-analyzer on x86_64 tinyconfig reports:

arch/x86/mm/init.c:612:15: warning: Although the value stored to 'start' \
is used in the enclosing expression, the value is never actually read \
from 'start' [clang-analyzer-deadcode.DeadStores]

Compilers will detect this superfluous assignment and optimize that
expression anyway. So, the resulting binary is identical before and after
the change.

Drop this superfluous assignment to make clang-analyzer happy.

No functional change.

Signed-off-by: Lukas Bulwahn <>
applies cleanly on v5.9-rc7 and next-20200925

Dave, Andy, Peter, please pick this minor non-urgent clean-up patch.

I quickly confirmed that the binary did not change with this change to the
source code; the hash of init.o remained the same before and after the change.

So, in my setup:
md5sum arch/x86/mm/init.o
b26f6380760f32d2ef2c7525301eebd3 init.o

linux-safety, please verify and validate this change.

arch/x86/mm/init.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/mm/init.c b/arch/x86/mm/init.c
index c7a47603537f..5632f02146ca 100644
--- a/arch/x86/mm/init.c
+++ b/arch/x86/mm/init.c
@@ -609,7 +609,7 @@ static void __init memory_map_top_down(unsigned long map_start,
step_size = PMD_SIZE;
max_pfn_mapped = 0; /* will get exact value next */
min_pfn_mapped = real_end >> PAGE_SHIFT;
- last_start = start = real_end;
+ last_start = real_end;

* We start from the top (end of memory) and go to the bottom.
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