Re: [2.6 patch] add -Werror-implicit-function-declaration to CFLAGS

From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Wed Nov 23 2005 - 19:12:47 EST

On Wed, Nov 23, 2005 at 03:50:35PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Adrian Bunk <bunk@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, Nov 23, 2005 at 03:09:05PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > > Adrian Bunk <bunk@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Currently, using an undeclared function gives a compile warning, but it
> > > > can lead to a nasty runtime error if the prototype of the function is
> > > > different from what gcc guessed.
> > > >
> > > > With -Werror-implicit-function-declaration, we are getting an immediate
> > > > compile error instead.
> > >
> > > Where "we" == "me". This patch means I get to fix all the errors which I
> > > encounter. No fair. This should be the last patch, not the first.
> >
> > Is it my fault that you applied neither Al Viro's patches to remove the
> > usages of the ISA legacy functions
> Never saw them.

It's the patch series starting with

> > nor my patch to mark
> > virt_to_bus/bus_to_virt as __deprecated on i386?
> That won't make powerpc compile.

Judging from the feedback when I sent this patch first, there are people
who might notice and actually fix these issues.

> Plus there are various other unfixed functions around the tree with various
> .configs.

And it's my job to fix every single such bug before you'd accept
-Werror-implicit-function-declaration in the CFLAGS?

Yes, these are bugs.
And yes, they do already generate warnings.

> It took about four releases to teach people that the jsm driver won't
> compile. I don't want to go adding things to -mm which break it in this
> way - that causes us to lose testers.

-Werror-implicit-function-declaration helps us to avoid a class of
hard to find _runtime_ errors.

I'm already sending patches to fix all the warnings with
-Wmissing-prototypes (which is roughly spoken the other side of the
implicit-function-declaration issue) at least on i386 before I'm
proposing to add this flag to the global CFLAGS, and while doing this
I've already found and fixed three _runtime_ errors.

But judging from your comments you might then reject
-Wmissing-prototypes because it causes warnings on other

IMHO reducing the number of hard to find runtime errors is more
important than to get allmodconfig compiling in every -mm
on all architectures.

> The patch is a good one, but it should come last.

Instead of telling me that I have to fix compile breakages with all
possible .config's on all architectures before you would accept my
patch, couldn't you be honest and simply tell me to fuck off?



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of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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