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Date:	Sun, 07 Jun 2015 23:46:35 -0600
From:	Louis Langholtz <>
To:	Linus Torvalds <>
Cc:	Tejun Heo <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,, Rusty Russell <>,
	Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] kernel/params.c: make use of unused but set variable

On Jun 7, 2015, at 6:17 PM, Linus Torvalds <> wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM, Tejun Heo <> wrote:
>> On Sun, Jun 07, 2015 at 05:54:30PM -0600, Louis Langholtz wrote:
>>> @@ -853,6 +853,7 @@ static void __init version_sysfs_builtin(void)
>>>              mk = locate_module_kobject(vattr->module_name);
>>>              if (mk) {
>>>                      err = sysfs_create_file(&mk->kobj, &vattr->mattr.attr);
>>> +                     BUG_ON(err);
>> Maybe BUG_ON(sysfs_create_file(...)); is simpler?  Other than that,
> Hell no.
> Stop with the random BUG_ON() additions.
> ...
> The *ONLY* acceptable reason for a BUG_ON() is if the machine is dead
> anyway because of some major internal corruption.
> ...
> At most, it could be a "WARN_ON_ONCE()"...
>                Linus

Agreed. The comments in the bug.h file say this clearly too - to not use
BUG_ON "unless there's really no way out".

I originally just wanted a light-weight message to be issued on failure so
at least there's some notice that something unexpected happened (and
to have the must-check value used). I've submitted a second version
now as you probably saw (that instead uses WARN_ON_ONCE).--
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