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Date:   Sat, 9 Dec 2017 17:33:35 +1100
From:   "Tobin C. Harding" <>
To:     Joe Perches <>
Cc:     Dan Carpenter <>,
        Laura Abbott <>,
        Kees Cook <>,
        Jonathan Corbet <>,
        Randy Dunlap <>,
        Andrew Murray <>,, LKML <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] doc: convert printk-formats.txt to rst

[Adding Laura]

On Fri, Dec 08, 2017 at 06:18:45PM -0800, Joe Perches wrote:
> On Sat, 2017-12-09 at 12:27 +1100, Tobin C. Harding wrote:
> > On Fri, Dec 08, 2017 at 01:22:37PM -0800, Joe Perches wrote:
> > > Outside of the documentation, what could be useful is for
> > > someone to add a tool to verify %p<foo> extension to
> > > the typeof address actually passed as an argument.
> > 
> > This sounds interesting to work no. At first glance I have no idea how
> > one would go about this. Some form of static analysis would be a good
> > place to start, right? I'd like to allocate some cycles to this, any
> > pointers most appreciated.
> A gcc-plugin would likely work best.

What's the learning curve like in your opinion to do a gcc-plugin. I
recall reading someplace 'deep understanding of how the compiler works'
or some such thing. I suppose reading the Dragon book would be a good
place to start?

We could also catch pointers being cast to longs and printed with %x
(and %u) or so I would guess.

> There was some discussion about such a thing here:

Did you make much progress with this Laura?

> I vaguely recall someone else doing a broader use tool
> which I believe was not smatch, but my google-fu isn't
> finding it.
> It might have been coccinelle based.


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