On 10/17/2016, 10:33 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 05:16:05PM +0200, Vegard Nossum wrote:
>> The test in this loop:
>>
>>      for (b_fw = __start_builtin_fw; b_fw != __end_builtin_fw; b_fw++) {
>>
>> was getting completely compiled out by my gcc, 7.0.0 20160520. The result
>> was that the loop was going beyond the end of the builtin_fw array and
>> giving me a page fault when trying to dereference b_fw->name.
>>
>> This is because __start_builtin_fw and __end_builtin_fw are both declared
>> as (separate) arrays, and so gcc conludes that b_fw can never point to
>> __end_builtin_fw.
>>
> 
> Urgh, isn't that the kind of 'optimizations' we should shoot in the head
> for the kernel? Just like the -fno-strict-aliassing crap?

Unfortunately, there is no such switch for this optimization.

On the top of that, it's incorrect C according to the standard. So it is
as correct as expecting 0 printed here: 'int zero; printf("%d\n",
zero);'. It never worked, not even with gcc 4 and maybe older. We were
just lucky.

thanks,
-- 
js
suse labs

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