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From: Sodagudi Prasad <>
To: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Cc: Masahiro Yamada <>,
	Michal Marek <>,
	Greg Hackmann <>,,
Subject: Re: unused-variable warning is getting disabled with clang
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:16:56 -0800
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On 2017-12-06 22:26, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 06, 2017 at 01:24:51PM -0800, Sodagudi Prasad wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> When kernel compiled with clang, following line is disabling the
>> unused-variable warning. This is not the case with gcc.
>> KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-disable-warning, unused-variable)
>> Are there any specific reasons for disabling unused-variable with 
>> clang?
> Try it and see why it is disabled :)

Hi Greg,

When I have enabled -Wunused-variable warnings with clang, observed both 
-Wunused-variable and -Wunused-const-variable as expected.
It looks that, -Wunused-const-variable warnings are disabled explicitly 
with GCC as well.
commit -  c9c6837d39311b0c - "kbuild: move -Wunused-const-variable to 
W=1 warning level"

I could see following warnings along with couple of -Wunused-variables 
warnings with downstream code.
arch/arm64/crypto/sha1-ce-glue.c:118:1: warning: unused variable 
'cpu_feature_match_SHA1' [-Wunused-const-variable]
include/linux/cpufeature.h:48:33: note: expanded from macro 
arch/arm64/crypto/sha2-ce-glue.c:148:1: warning: unused variable 
'cpu_feature_match_SHA2' [-Wunused-const-variable]
arch/arm64/crypto/ghash-ce-glue.c:597:33: warning: unused variable 
'ghash_cpu_feature' [-Wunused-const-variable]
arch/arm64/crypto/aes-ce-cipher.c:280:1: warning: unused variable 
'cpu_feature_match_AES' [-Wunused-const-variable]
arch/arm64/crypto/aes-glue.c:674:1: warning: unused variable 
'cpu_feature_match_AES' [-Wunused-const-variable]
kernel/trace/ftrace.c:1092:27: warning: unused variable 
'ftrace_swapper_pid' [-Wunused-const-variable]
drivers/usb/host/ehci-platform.c:406:36: warning: unused variable 
'ehci_acpi_match' [-Wunused-const-variable]
drivers/usb/host/xhci-plat.c:416:36: warning: unused variable 
'usb_xhci_acpi_match' [-Wunused-const-variable]

So I have made following change and I will share patch for the same.

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index 4e6da2f..8a6c14e 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -711,7 +711,7 @@ endif
  KBUILD_CPPFLAGS += $(call cc-option,-Qunused-arguments,)
-KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-disable-warning, unused-variable)
+KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-disable-warning, unused-const-variable)
  KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-disable-warning, format-invalid-specifier)
  KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-disable-warning, gnu)
  KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-disable-warning, address-of-packed-member)

Please let me know if you have any concerns with this approach to 
identify all unused local variables.

-Thanks, Prasad

The Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. is a member of the Code Aurora 
Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

  reply index

Thread overview: 12+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2017-12-06 21:24 Sodagudi Prasad
2017-12-07  6:26 ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2017-12-08  2:16   ` Sodagudi Prasad [this message]
2017-12-18 15:32     ` Masahiro Yamada
2018-01-27  0:59       ` [PATCH] kbuild: clang: Disable -Wunused-const-variable warnings Prasad Sodagudi
2018-01-28 16:22         ` Segher Boessenkool
2018-01-29 16:35           ` Sodagudi Prasad
2018-01-29 17:08             ` Prasad Sodagudi
2018-01-29 23:57               ` Segher Boessenkool
2018-02-02 16:01               ` Masahiro Yamada
2018-02-06 23:46                 ` [PATCH] kbuild: clang: disable unused variable warnings only when constant Prasad Sodagudi
2018-02-07  0:22                   ` Masahiro Yamada

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