Re: [PATCH] kernel/sched/core.c: need return NULL when BUG() isdefined as empty.

From: Russell King - ARM Linux
Date: Wed May 22 2013 - 09:37:20 EST

On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 11:11:56AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 03:48:53PM +0800, Chen Gang wrote:
> >
> > When neither CONFIG_BUG nor HAVE_ARCH_BUG is defined, need let function
> > return failure value ('NULL') instead of random value.
> What will such a kernel do? Happily continue running whenever we hit a
> BUG? that seems like a particularly bad idea. Should we not have a stub
> BUG() function like:
> void BUG(void) __attribute__((noreturn))
> {
> local_irq_disable();
> while (1) ;
> }

Eww. So you've a platform where you have things like panic_on_oops
enabled, and you hit this bug... do we really want to just stop?
Wouldn't replacing BUG() with panic("BUG"); be better ?

But, this begs the question - what is the point of being able to turn
off BUG() ? As BUG() on any sensible architecture is implemented by
placing the minimum of code at the callsite (eg, one instruction if
not using verbose) anything like the above is likely to be bigger.

So, I'd actually argue that rather than trying to "fix" this, get rid
of CONFIG_BUG and make it always enabled everywhere - just like what
has recently been done with hotplug.
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