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From: Julian Calaby <>
To: "Justin P. Mattock" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3]hostap:hostap_ioctl.c Fix variable 'ret' set but not used
Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2010 13:31:39 +1000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 12:49, Justin P. Mattock <> wrote:
> On 08/02/2010 07:31 PM, Julian Calaby wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 12:23, Justin P. Mattock<>
>>  wrote:
>>> wait im lost.. looking at your patch looks the same(number wise) except I
>>> see different parts of code in there:
>>> hostap_set_word(dev, HFA384X_RID_CNFROAMINGMODE,
>>>                                HFA384X_ROAMING_FIRMWARE);
>>> -       return 0;
>>> +       return ret;
>>> mine is:
>>> printk(KERN_DEBUG "SCANREQUEST failed\n");
>>> -               ret = -EINVAL;
>>> +               return ret;
>>> The tree Im using is Linus's tree.
>> I'm using wireless-testing, and the line you're changing is #1692, I'm
>> changing #1699.
>> Thanks,
> ahh.. so there's two return ret's that need to be added then..
> (if so then go ahead and take my patch and add it to yours.. I'm off to
> other things)


The function works like this:

1. set up scan_req
2. if local->host_roaming is not set, set host roaming on the hardware
3. set scan_req on the hardware
4. if local->host_roaming is not set, set the hardware to do firmware roaming
5. If set_req could not be set on the hardware, return -EINVAL,
otherwise return 0.

The significant bits are steps 2 and 4. These must *both* be executed,
regardless of whether setting scan_req on the hardware succeeds or

As such, the return value is stored in the ret variable, which is
initialised to 0 initially, then set to -EINVAL if setting scan_req on
the hardware fails. Hence, step 5 can be performed by returning ret.

As such, all of your patches are wrong as they are either returning
the wrong value when setting scan_req on the hardware fails, or
failing to execute step 4. The *only* correct place to return a value
is once the roaming status of the hardware has been set properly -
i.e. at the end of the function.

I hope this has cleared up your confusion.



Julian Calaby


  reply	other threads:[~2010-08-03  3:32 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2010-08-03  1:46 [PATCH v3]hostap:hostap_ioctl.c Fix variable 'ret' set but not used Justin P. Mattock
2010-08-03  1:58 ` Julian Calaby
2010-08-03  2:23   ` Justin P. Mattock
2010-08-03  2:31     ` Julian Calaby
2010-08-03  2:49       ` Justin P. Mattock
2010-08-03  3:31         ` Julian Calaby [this message]
2010-08-03  3:44           ` Justin P. Mattock

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