Re: [PATCH] stop gcc warning about uninitialized 'dev' in ata_scsi_scan_host

From: Elias Oltmanns
Date: Thu Oct 16 2008 - 02:02:33 EST

Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Alex Chiang wrote:
>> * Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx>:
>>> Alex Chiang wrote:
>>>> Shuts up gcc-3.4.5-glibc-2.3.6 when it complains of:
>>>> drivers/ata/libata-scsi.c: In function `ata_scsi_scan_host':
>>>> drivers/ata/libata-scsi.c:3225: warning: 'dev' might be used
>>>> uninitialized in this function
>>>> Signed-off-by: Alex Chiang <achiang@xxxxxx>
>>> Nacked-by: Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>> Some gcc versions complain about sata_via, others complain
>>> about something else. Some versions complain about some
>>> iterator usages while not complaining about others, but none of
>>> those complaints is actually wrong or dangerous. I don't think
>>> adding = NULL whenever some version of gcc complains is the
>>> right approach.
>> Hm, ok.
>> I guess we don't want to sprinkle these around all over the place
>> just to solve cosmetic issues, which makes sense, but is there
>> some other approach we could take instead? Any suggestions? Or
>> just live with it?
> I think the current policy is blaming gcc but I also added quite a few
> bogus NULL initializations here and there and caught several bugs thanks
> to those warnings. We can think about adding an additional annotation
> with leading double underbars which indicate that certain pointer
> arguments to functions expect (or are okay with) pointers to
> uninitialized variables which should be able to remove many of those
> spurious warnings (on the caller side, the compiler can ignore the
> warning and on the callee side the compiler can check whether it's being
> dereferenced without being written to). Does anyone know whether gcc
> already has that type of annotation?

Well, I don't know of this particular kind of annotation. However, I
don't quite see how that would solve the reported issue. Here, dev is a
local variable and the warning is generated due to the line

if (dev != last_failed_dev) {

For this sort of thing we have:

struct ata_device *uninitialized_var(dev);

Or is that precisely the thing you did *not* want?


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