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Date:   Wed, 26 Sep 2018 11:00:19 -0700
From:   Matthias Kaehlcke <mka@...omium.org>
To:     Nick Desaulniers <ndesaulniers@...gle.com>
Cc:     Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Masahiro Yamada <yamada.masahiro@...ionext.com>,
        Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>, sparse@...isli.org,
        linux-sparse@...r.kernel.org, LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        daniel.santos@...ox.com, Chris Wilson <chris@...is-wilson.co.uk>,
        Jani Nikula <jani.nikula@...el.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] compiler.h: give up __compiletime_assert_fallback()

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 09:46:02AM -0700, Nick Desaulniers wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM Nick Desaulniers
> <ndesaulniers@...gle.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 1:42 PM Daniel Santos <daniel.santos@...ox.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hello Nick,
> > >
> > > On 08/27/2018 03:09 PM, Nick Desaulniers wrote:
> > > >>> Let's give up __compiletime_assert_fallback().  This commit does not
> > > >>> change the current behavior since it just rips off the useless code.
> > > >> Clang is not the only target audience of
> > > >> __compiletime_assert_fallback().  Instead of ripping out something that
> > > >> may benefit builds with gcc 4.2 and earlier, why not override its
> > > > Note that with commit cafa0010cd51 ("Raise the minimum required gcc
> > > > version to 4.6") that gcc < 4.6 is irrelevant.
> > >
> > > Ah, I guess I'm not keeping up, that's wonderful news!  Considering that
> > > I guess I would be OK with its removal, but I still think it would be
> > > better if a similar mechanism to break the Clang build could be found.
> >
> > I'm consulting with our best language lawyers to see what combinations
> > of _Static_assert and __builtin_constant_p would do the trick.
> 
> Linus,
> Can this patch be merged in the meantime?

friendly ping :)

With c5c2b11894f4 ("drm/i915: Warn against variable length arrays")
clang raises plenty of vla warnings about
__compiletime_error_fallback() in the i915 driver. Would be great to
get rid of those without having to revert that commit.

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