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From: Linus Torvalds <>
To: "Kirill A. Shutemov" <>
Cc: Aaro Koskinen <>,
	Andrew Pinski <>,
	Sasha Levin <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] kernel: use the gnu89 standard explicitly
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:49:16 -0700
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM, Kirill A. Shutemov
<> wrote:
> IIUC, it's nothing to do with volatile. C11 and above reads
>         (rwlock_t) { .raw_lock = { 0 }, }
> as compound literal (which is not constant) rather than constant
> initalizer plus a cast.

Ahh. I thought it was the volatile, just because of the "constant"
part and the fact that it looked like the test-case was minimal. But
apparently that was just a red herring.

So it's just the fact that C11 hasn't got the useful GNU extension of
a cast-with-initializer, and then that extension got removed (probably
just an oversight) because people thought that the "standard" C11
initializers were good enough.

And it sounds like this will get fixed (perhaps already is) in gcc anyway.

So maybe we need to do that "--std=gnu89" as a temporary workaround,
but not as long long-term "newer versions are broken".

That doesn't sound too bad. My main objection to the patch was a
"let's try to fix this properly instead", but if the breakage is just
a temporary problem, there's no issue with "properly". Although it
does look like the *placement* of the --std=gnu89 was incorrect in
that original patch, so it needs updating regardless.

AndrewP, mind explaing the other difference you mentioned (ie wrt
"extern inline")? I thought we had already long since ended up
following the gcc semantics (ie use "static inline" if we don't have
an external version somehwre), what exactly changed?



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Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2014-10-19 16:07 Sasha Levin
2014-10-19 20:05 ` Linus Torvalds
2014-10-19 20:23   ` Joe Perches
     [not found]     ` <>
2014-10-19 21:31       ` Joe Perches
2014-10-19 21:03   ` Aaro Koskinen
2014-10-19 23:05     ` Linus Torvalds
2014-10-19 23:10       ` Kirill A. Shutemov
2014-10-19 23:19         ` Al Viro
2014-10-19 23:21         ` Kirill A. Shutemov
2014-10-19 23:26           ` Al Viro
2014-10-19 23:49         ` Linus Torvalds [this message]
2014-10-19 23:59           ` Sasha Levin
2014-10-20  0:23             ` Linus Torvalds
2014-10-20  4:16               ` Al Viro
2014-10-19 23:25       ` pinskia
2014-10-19 23:52   ` Sasha Levin
2014-10-19 22:29 ` Kirill A. Shutemov

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