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From: Nathan Chancellor <>
To: Masahiro Yamada <>,
	Michal Marek <>
	Nick Desaulniers <>,
	Dmitry Vyukov <>,
	"Gustavo A. R. Silva" <>,
	Nathan Chancellor <>
Subject: [PATCH v2] kbuild: Enable -Wtautological-compare
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:41:55 -0700
Message-ID: <> (raw)

Currently, we disable -Wtautological-compare, which in turn disables a
bunch of more specific tautological comparison warnings that are useful
for the kernel such as -Wtautological-bitwise-compare. See clang's
documentation below for the other warnings that are suppressed by
-Wtautological-compare. Now that all of the major/noisy warnings have
been fixed, enable -Wtautological-compare so that more issues can be
caught at build time by various continuous integration setups.

-Wtautological-constant-out-of-range-compare is kept disabled under a
normal build but visible at W=1 because there are places in the kernel
where a constant or variable size can change based on the kernel
configuration. These are not fixed in a clean/concise way and the ones
I have audited so far appear to be harmless. It is not a subgroup but
rather just one warning so we do not lose out on much coverage by

Signed-off-by: Nathan Chancellor <>

v1 -> v2:

* Expand commit message a bit by adding more reasoning behind change.
* Disable -Wtautological-constant-out-of-range-compare under a normal
  build but allow it to show up at W=1 for easy auditing.

I hope this can be accepted for 5.7. There are two warnings that I see
still across a bunch of allyesconfig/allmodconfig builds that have
patches sent but not accepted. I will ping them today.


 Makefile                   | 2 --
 scripts/Makefile.extrawarn | 1 +
 2 files changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index db442a9ee6b2..05f9f50dda3e 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -746,8 +746,6 @@ ifdef CONFIG_CC_IS_CLANG
 KBUILD_CPPFLAGS += -Qunused-arguments
 KBUILD_CFLAGS += -Wno-format-invalid-specifier
 KBUILD_CFLAGS += -Wno-gnu
-# Quiet clang warning: comparison of unsigned expression < 0 is always false
-KBUILD_CFLAGS += -Wno-tautological-compare
 # CLANG uses a _MergedGlobals as optimization, but this breaks modpost, as the
 # source of a reference will be _MergedGlobals and not on of the whitelisted names.
 # See modpost pattern 2
diff --git a/scripts/Makefile.extrawarn b/scripts/Makefile.extrawarn
index ca08f2fe7c34..4aea7cf71d11 100644
--- a/scripts/Makefile.extrawarn
+++ b/scripts/Makefile.extrawarn
@@ -49,6 +49,7 @@ KBUILD_CFLAGS += -Wno-format
 KBUILD_CFLAGS += -Wno-sign-compare
 KBUILD_CFLAGS += -Wno-format-zero-length
 KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-disable-warning, pointer-to-enum-cast)
+KBUILD_CFLAGS += -Wno-tautological-constant-out-of-range-compare

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Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-03-26 19:41 Nathan Chancellor [this message]
2020-03-29 11:31 ` Masahiro Yamada
2020-03-31 10:11   ` Nathan Chancellor
2020-03-31 16:02     ` Nick Desaulniers
2020-03-31 19:26       ` Nathan Chancellor
2020-04-02 17:05         ` Masahiro Yamada

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