[PATCH] ARC: build: Turn off -Wmaybe-uninitialized for ARC gcc 4.8

From: Vineet Gupta
Date: Fri Mar 18 2016 - 04:50:03 EST

linux-next has been reporting gazillion warnings for ARC build and
I finally decided to take a bite:


Most of the them are due to -Wmaybe-uninitialized

| ../kernel/sysctl.c: In function '__do_proc_doulongvec_minmax':
| ../kernel/sysctl.c:1928:12: warning: 'p' may be used uninitialized in this function [-Wmaybe-uninitialized]
| ret = tmp - *buf;
| ^
| ../kernel/sysctl.c:2342:29: note: 'p' was declared here
| char *kbuf = NULL, *p;
| ^
| ...
| ...

Cursory look at code seemed fine and a definite gcc false positive in say

Mystery was why only for ARC (and not with ARM linaro toolchain based
off same gcc 4.8). Turns out that -O3 (default for ARC) triggers these
and if I enable -O3 for ARM kernel build, I see the same splat.

I doubt if gcc folks are going to fix warnings in gcc 4.8 (specially when this
was the much advertised front page feature @

Better to to silent these for ARC, atleast for gcc 4.8 when we know that
these warnings are likely benign.

When we switch to later gcc, these will come back on and at that time we
could fixing gcc and/or relevant kernel code.

Cc: Claudiu Zissulescu <Claudiu.Zissulescu@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@xxxxxxxx>
Cc: Michal Marek <mmarek@xxxxxxx>
Cc: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: linux-kbuild@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Signed-off-by: Vineet Gupta <vgupta@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
arch/arc/Makefile | 5 +++++
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/arc/Makefile b/arch/arc/Makefile
index fed12f39d8ce..aeb101e8e674 100644
--- a/arch/arc/Makefile
+++ b/arch/arc/Makefile
@@ -48,9 +48,14 @@ endif
upto_gcc44 := $(call cc-ifversion, -le, 0404, y)
atleast_gcc44 := $(call cc-ifversion, -ge, 0404, y)
atleast_gcc48 := $(call cc-ifversion, -ge, 0408, y)
+is_gcc48 := $(call cc-ifversion, -eq, 0408, y)

cflags-$(atleast_gcc44) += -fsection-anchors

+# gcc 4.8 spits out false positives for default -O3
+# disable these for 4.8 and revisit when we upgrade to newer ver
+cflags-$(is_gcc48) += $(call cc-disable-warning,maybe-uninitialized,)
cflags-$(CONFIG_ARC_HAS_LLSC) += -mlock
cflags-$(CONFIG_ARC_HAS_SWAPE) += -mswape