Re: I need help with a sparse warning

From: Roland Dreier
Date: Thu Sep 11 2008 - 22:41:10 EST

> In file drivers/net/wireless/p54/p54common.c, the statement
> priv->rx_mtu = (size_t) le16_to_cpu((__le16)bootrec->data[10]);

[I don't see this code in Linus's tree]

> generates the sparse warning
> .../p54common.c:185:29: warning: cast to restricted __le16
> where bootrec->data is u32, and priv->rx_mtu is u16.
> What should be done to eliminate this warning?

the code in question looks buggy to me. Since bootrec->data[10] is u32,
casting it to a 16-bit type is going to take a different 2 bytes out of
the 4 bytes depending on the endianness of the system the driver is
built for. And I assume you are parsing some fixed-layout thing that
the firmware is giving you or something like that.

I would guess you want something like:

priv->rx_mtu = le16_to_cpu(((__force __le16 *) bootrec->data)[20]);

(__force is what shuts up sparse, and as far as I can see, the size_t
cast is useless, since the result will be promoted anyway)

- R.
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