Re: [PATCH] strstrip incorrectly marked __must_check

From: James Bottomley
Date: Tue Nov 03 2009 - 14:11:03 EST

On Tue, 2009-11-03 at 10:59 -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 03 Nov 2009 12:38:08 -0600
> James Bottomley <James.Bottomley@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> > strstrip strips whitespace from the beginning and end of a string. I
> > agree you have to take the returned pointer if you want to strip from
> > the beginning. However, if you wish to keep the whitespace at the
> > beginning and only wish strstrip to remove it from the end, then it's
> > entirely legitimate to discard the returned pointer.
> >
> > This is what we have in drivers/scsi/ipr.c and the patch to make
> > strstrip __must_check is now causing SCSI spurious warnings in that
> > code.
> >
> Would prefer to keep the warning and to patch ipr.c, please. We found
> I think three call sites which were incorrectly ignoring the strstrip()
> return value and it's reasonable to fear that others will make the same
> mistake in the future.

What's the problem with the mistake ... additional leading whitespace?

> And maybe ipr.c _should_ be patched. Right now it's assuming that the
> string coming back from the device has no leading whitespace. Why trim
> any possible trailing whitespace but not trim any possible leading
> whitespace?

I think it doesn't care. It wants to append an error code to the
string, and to make it more visible it wants to strip trailing
whitespace before doing so.

> Or..
> /*
> * Comment goes here
> */
> static inline void strsrip_tail(char *str)
> {
> char *x __used;
> x = strstrip(str);
> }

Yes, I could go for that ... I just don't see such a problem with the
currently overloaded uses of strstrip.


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