Re: Question on compiler warning

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Tue Dec 31 2013 - 04:36:32 EST

On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 2:24 AM, Larry Finger <Larry.Finger@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> In his regular article entitled Build regressions/improvements in v3.13-rc6"
> (, Geert
> Uytterhoeven reports the following warning regression:
> + /scratch/kisskb/src/drivers/net/wireless/b43/phy_n.c: warning: 'val_addr'
> may be used uninitialized in this function [-Wuninitialized]: => 178:21
> This warning does not show up on any of my compilers, and it should not as
> the initialization and usage of that variable both take place in conditional
> branches that are testing exactly the same pointer.

It depends on the compiler version. Some versions of gcc are not smart enough
to notice all usage sites depends on the same condition.

> Despite the fact that the warning is bogus, should a patch be submitted to
> clear it? I lean toward "no" as an answer because that would mask the
> warning if there were some future change that screwed up the flow; however,
> I wanted to check with the community.

If it's clearly bogus, there's no reason to submit a patch.



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