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From: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@linux-m68k.org>
To: Miguel Ojeda <miguel.ojeda.sandonis@gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [PATCH 000/141] Fix fall-through warnings for Clang
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 16:28:12 +0100
Message-ID: <CAMuHMdV5kOakvZJMWLxbpigFPS+Xuw6DVYsWCWZy7wGsv3idcw@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CANiq72nobq=ptWK-qWxU91JHqkKhMcRtJNnw2XJd5-vSJWZd8Q@mail.gmail.com>

Hi Miguel,

On Thu, Nov 26, 2020 at 3:54 PM Miguel Ojeda
<miguel.ojeda.sandonis@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 11:44 PM Edward Cree <ecree.xilinx@gmail.com> wrote:
> > To make the intent clear, you have to first be certain that you
> >  understand the intent; otherwise by adding either a break or a
> >  fallthrough to suppress the warning you are just destroying the
> >  information that "the intent of this code is unknown".
>
> If you don't know what the intent of your own code is, then you
> *already* have a problem in your hands.

The maintainer is not necessarily the owner/author of the code, and
thus may not know the intent of the code.

> > or does it flag up code
> >  that can be mindlessly "fixed" (in which case the warning is
> >  worthless)?  Proponents in this thread seem to be trying to
> >  have it both ways.
>
> A warning is not worthless just because you can mindlessly fix it.
> There are many counterexamples, e.g. many
> checkpatch/lint/lang-format/indentation warnings, functional ones like
> the `if (a = b)` warning...

BTW, you cannot mindlessly fix the latter, as you cannot know if
"(a == b)" or "((a = b))" was intended, without understanding the code
(and the (possibly unavailable) data sheet, and the hardware, ...).

P.S. So far I've stayed out of this thread, as I like it if the compiler
     flags possible mistakes.  After all I was the one fixing new
     "may be used uninitialized" warnings thrown up by gcc-4.1, until
     (a bit later than) support for that compiler was removed...

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

                        Geert

-- 
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In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
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                                -- Linus Torvalds

  reply index

Thread overview: 65+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-11-20 18:21 Gustavo A. R. Silva
2020-11-20 18:28 ` Joe Perches
2020-11-20 19:02   ` Gustavo A. R. Silva
2020-11-20 18:32 ` [PATCH 054/141] target: " Gustavo A. R. Silva
2020-11-20 18:53 ` [PATCH 000/141] " Jakub Kicinski
2020-11-20 19:04   ` Gustavo A. R. Silva
2020-11-20 19:30   ` Kees Cook
2020-11-20 19:51     ` Jakub Kicinski
2020-11-20 20:48       ` Kees Cook
2020-11-22 16:17       ` Kees Cook
2020-11-22 18:21         ` James Bottomley
2020-11-22 18:25           ` Joe Perches
2020-11-22 19:12             ` James Bottomley
2020-11-22 19:22               ` Joe Perches
2020-11-22 19:53                 ` James Bottomley
2020-11-23 13:03                   ` [Intel-wired-lan] " Gustavo A. R. Silva
2020-11-23 16:31                     ` James Bottomley
2020-11-24 21:32                       ` Kees Cook
2020-11-24 22:24                         ` Finn Thain
2020-11-24 23:15                           ` Miguel Ojeda
2020-11-24 23:53                             ` Finn Thain
2020-11-25  1:05                               ` Miguel Ojeda
2020-11-25  7:05                         ` James Bottomley
2020-11-25 12:24                           ` Nick Desaulniers
2020-11-25 21:33                             ` Finn Thain
2020-11-25 22:09                               ` Nick Desaulniers
2020-11-25 23:21                                 ` Finn Thain
2020-11-26  0:30                                 ` Finn Thain
2020-11-25 21:10                           ` Kees Cook
2020-11-22 20:35           ` Miguel Ojeda
2020-11-22 22:36             ` James Bottomley
2020-11-23 14:19               ` Miguel Ojeda
2020-11-23 15:58                 ` James Bottomley
2020-11-23 16:24                   ` Rafael J. Wysocki
2020-11-23 16:32                   ` Joe Perches
2020-11-23 18:56                   ` Miguel Ojeda
2020-11-23 20:37                     ` James Bottomley
2020-11-25  0:32                       ` Miguel Ojeda
2020-11-25 22:44                         ` Edward Cree
2020-11-26 14:53                           ` Miguel Ojeda
2020-11-26 15:28                             ` Geert Uytterhoeven [this message]
2020-11-26 16:18                               ` Karol Herbst
2020-11-26 17:05                               ` Miguel Ojeda
2020-11-25 10:38                       ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-11-25  9:01                   ` Sean Young
2020-11-22 22:54             ` Finn Thain
2020-11-22 23:04               ` James Bottomley
2020-11-23 14:05               ` Miguel Ojeda
2020-11-24  0:58                 ` Finn Thain
2020-11-24  1:05                   ` Joe Perches
2020-11-24  2:48                     ` Finn Thain
2020-11-24 23:46                   ` Miguel Ojeda
2020-11-22 22:10           ` Sam Ravnborg
2020-11-24  1:32         ` Nick Desaulniers
2020-11-24 21:25           ` Kees Cook
2020-11-25 23:02             ` Edward Cree
2020-12-01 14:08           ` Dan Carpenter
2020-12-01 14:04         ` Dan Carpenter
2020-11-20 22:21 ` Miguel Ojeda
2020-11-23 20:03 ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-11-24 14:47   ` Gustavo A. R. Silva
     [not found] ` <160616392671.21180.16517492185091399884.b4-ty@kernel.org>
2020-11-24 14:47   ` Gustavo A. R. Silva
2020-12-01  5:52 ` Martin K. Petersen
2020-12-01  8:20   ` Gustavo A. R. Silva
2020-12-08  4:52 ` (subset) " Martin K. Petersen

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