Re: [PATCH 0/7] Silence even more W=2 warnings

From: Borislav Petkov
Date: Mon Sep 22 2014 - 16:33:47 EST

On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 01:09:33PM -0700, Jeff Kirsher wrote:
> Sorry I am very frustrated at your response.

You shouldn't be. Judging by your reply below it seems we do actually
agree... mostly :-)

> I am not saying that the proposed added MACRO is the best solution to
> this issue. Several other maintainers have actually responded in a
> similar manner to the macros being added and came back that the better
> solution would be to fix the code so that the warnings do not occur in
> the first place.

Right, this would be optimal.

> So I guess I was hoping for more of the response, that "let's fix this
> the code so that the warnings do not appear in the first place".
> I agree with you completely that I do not like the idea of the MACROS
> being added to silence these warnings. I just disagree that not doing
> anything to fix the warnings is far worse.

Ok, good, so we're on the same page here.

> Why grep through 100,000 warnings, when we should be fixing the code to
> prevent 100,000 warnings. Not saying that the MACRO is the best
> solution, it is just a solution, in hopes that it spurs discussions like
> this on how to properly fix the warnings. Not a discussion on how to
> grep through the warnings and do nothing.

There's only one thing I don't understand: why is so bad to grep through
the warnings? I mean, sure, fixing them *without* jumping through hoops
to do so is the optimal thing. But what's wrong with grepping through

Btw, out of curiosity, what is your use case for staring at those W=2

In thinking about it, what we could also do is simply move the noisiest
ones to W=3 or so, or even add another W= level. It'll be interesting to
hear your use case though. AFAICT, this is the first time I hear of a
more, let's say, serious use case of W= since we added the W= things a
couple of years ago. :-)



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