Re: [PATCH v2] xfs: Silence bounds checking compiler warning

From: Dave Chinner
Date: Thu Jun 23 2011 - 22:16:01 EST

On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 06:55:33PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 10:27:26AM -0700, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > Maarten Lankhorst <m.b.lankhorst@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
> >
> > > gcc with -Warray-bounds generates a false positive on this
> > > since xfs defines the struct with u8 name[1]; to be able to
> > > add a tag at the end.
> >
> > A better way would be to define it as name[0]. Then the compiler
> > would know it's a VLA. You may need to check noone relies on
> > the one byte though.
> ... and even better is to write in real C and have u8 name[]; in the
> end of your structure.

Hard to do when the structure is effectively the definition of the
on-disk format. Hence it can't just be changed around and the kernel
recompiled to fix the problem.

> That's the standard C99 for this kind of thing
> (see, p16). Zero-sized array is a gccism predating standard
> flexible array members and since the standard syntax is accepted by
> any gcc version that might be recent enough to build the kernel...

This code came from Irix, which means it predates both the gccism
and the C99 standard methods of using flexible array sizes. The code
works so it's never been modified because stuffing about with
structures that define disk formats is not done just for the hell of
it... ;)


Dave Chinner
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