Re: [GIT] Networking

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Sun Dec 08 2019 - 16:35:43 EST

On Sun, Dec 8, 2019 at 1:20 AM David Miller <davem@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> git://


This introduces a new warning for me:

drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlx5/core/en/tc_tun.c: In function
warning: ânâ may be used uninitialized in this function
332 | struct neighbour *n;
| ^

which is very annoying.

The cause is commit 6c8991f41546 ("net: ipv6_stub: use
ip6_dst_lookup_flow instead of ip6_dst_lookup") which changed
mlx5e_route_lookup_ipv6() to use ipv6_dst_lookup_flow() which returns
an error pointer, so it then does

if (IS_ERR(dst))
return PTR_ERR(dst);

instead of

if (ret < 0)
return ret;

in the old code.

And that then means that the caller, which does

err = mlx5e_route_lookup_ipv6(priv, mirred_dev, &out_dev, &route_dev,
&fl6, &n, &ttl);
if (err)
return err;

and now gcc no longer sees that 'n' is always initialized when 'err'
is zero. Because gcc apparently thinks that the

if (IS_ERR(dst))
return PTR_ERR(dst);

thing can result in a zero return value (I guess the cast from a
64-bit pointer to an 'int' is where it thinks "ok, that cast might
lose high bits and become zero even when the original was tested to
have a range where that will not happen).

Anyway - the code is not buggy, but the new warning is simply not
acceptable. We keep the build warning free even if it's gcc not being
clever enough to see that "if it's uninitialized, we never get to the
location where it's used".

I don't know what the networking pattern for this is, but I did this
in the merge

-- struct neighbour *n;
++ struct neighbour *n = NULL;

and I'm not happy about having gotten a pull request that has this
kind of shit in it, especially since it was _known_ shit.

It could have been that people had compilers that didn't see this
problem. But no.

I see that Stephen Rothwell reported it four days ago, and David seems
to have even answered it.

And yet that warning was still there in the pull request.


David, this is not acceptable. You don't introduce new warnings in the tree.

It doesn't matter one whit whether the warning is a false positive. A
false positive warning will then be the cause of ignoring subsequent
real warnings, which makes false positive warnings completely

Fix your mindset, and stop sending me garbage.