Author: Nicholas Mc Guire <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Type-checking coccinelle spatches are being used to locate type mismatches
between function signatures and return values in this case this produced:
./kernel/rcu/srcu.c:271 WARNING: return of wrong type
int != unsigned long,
srcu_readers_active() returns an int that is the sum of per_cpu unsigned
long but the only user is cleanup_srcu_struct() which is using it as a
boolean (condition) to see if there is any readers rather than actually
using the approximate number of readers. The theoretically possible
unsigned long overflow case does not need to be handled explicitly - if
we had 4G++ readers then something else went wrong a long time ago.
proposal: change the return type to boolean. The function name is left
unchanged as it fits the naming expectation for a boolean.
patch was compile tested for x86_64_defconfig (implies CONFIG_SRCU=y)
patch is against 4.1-rc5 (localversion-next is -next-20150525)
Signed-off-by: Nicholas Mc Guire
Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney
kernel/rcu/srcu.c | 5 +++--
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
diff --git a/kernel/rcu/srcu.c b/kernel/rcu/srcu.c
index fb33d35..de35087 100644
@@ -252,14 +252,15 @@ static bool srcu_readers_active_idx_check(struct srcu_struct *sp, int idx)
- * srcu_readers_active - returns approximate number of readers.
+ * srcu_readers_active - returns true if there are readers. and false
+ * otherwise
* @sp: which srcu_struct to count active readers (holding srcu_read_lock).
* Note that this is not an atomic primitive, and can therefore suffer
* severe errors when invoked on an active srcu_struct. That said, it
* can be useful as an error check at cleanup time.
-static int srcu_readers_active(struct srcu_struct *sp)
+static bool srcu_readers_active(struct srcu_struct *sp)
unsigned long sum = 0;