Re: [2.6.19 PATCH 4/7] ehea: ethtool interface

From: Michael Ellerman
Date: Sat Aug 19 2006 - 04:39:29 EST

On Sat, 2006-08-19 at 02:48 -0400, Andy Gay wrote:
> On Sat, 2006-08-19 at 16:18 +1000, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> >
> > If you try to return an uninitialized value the compiler will warn you,
> > you'll then look at the code and realise you missed a case, you might
> > save yourself a bug.
> You *should* look at the code :)
> So should we be reporting these as bugs?

No you're better off sending patches ;)

A lot of these have started appearing recently, which I think is due to
GCC becoming more vocal. Unfortunately many of them are false positives
caused by GCC not seeming to grok that this is ok:

void foo(int *x) { *x = 1; }
int x;
return x;

It's a pity because it creates noise, but still it's beside the point.

New code going into the kernel should be 100% warning free, and so if
the eHEA guys had missed an error case they'd spot the warning before
they submitted it.

Doing the initialise-to-some-value "trick" means you only spot the bug
via testing.


Michael Ellerman
IBM OzLabs

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