[Linux-kernel-mentees] [PATCH] exit.c: Fix Sparse errors and warnings

Christian Brauner christian.brauner at ubuntu.com
Thu Jan 30 15:20:43 UTC 2020


On Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 12:45:26PM +0100, Christian Brauner wrote:
> On January 30, 2020 12:33:41 PM GMT+01:00, Oleg Nesterov <oleg at redhat.com> wrote:
> >On 01/30, Christian Brauner wrote:
> >>
> >> On Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 11:50:28AM +0530,
> >madhuparnabhowmik10 at gmail.com wrote:
> >> > From: Madhuparna Bhowmik <madhuparnabhowmik10 at gmail.com>
> >> >
> >> > This patch fixes the following sparse error:
> >> > kernel/exit.c:627:25: error: incompatible types in comparison
> >expression
> >> >
> >> > And the following warning:
> >> > kernel/exit.c:626:40: warning: incorrect type in assignment
> >> >
> >> > Signed-off-by: Madhuparna Bhowmik <madhuparnabhowmik10 at gmail.com>
> >>
> >> I think the previous version was already fine but hopefully
> >> RCU_INIT_POINTER() really saves some overhead. In any case:
> >
> >It is not about overhead, RCU_INIT_POINTER() documents the fact that we
> >didn't make any changes to the new parent, we only need to change the
> >pointer.
> 
> Right, I wasn't complaining.  RCU_INIT_POINTER() claims that it has less overhead than rcu_assign_pointer().
> So that is an additional argument for it.
> 
> >
> >And btw, I don't really understand the __rcu annotations. Say,
> >according
> >to sparse this code is wrong:
> >
> >	int __rcu *P;
> >
> >	void func(int *p)
> >	{
> >		P = p;
> >	}
> >
> >OK, although quite possibly it is fine.
> >
> >However, this code
> >
> >	int __rcu *P;
> >
> >	void func(int __rcu *p)
> >	{
> >		*p = 10;
> >	       	P = p;
> >	}
> >
> >is almost certainly wrong but sparse is happy, asn is the same.
> 
> That's more an argument to fix sparse I guess?
> The annotations themselves are rather useful I think.
> They at least help me when reading the code.
> It's not that rcu lifetimes are trivial and anything that helps remind me that an object wants rcu semantics I'm happy to take it. :)
> 
> >
> >
> >> Acked-by: Christian Brauner <christian.brauner at ubuntu.com>
> >
> >Acked-by: Oleg Nesterov <oleg at redhat.com>

Thanks, applied for post -rc1.
Christian


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