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Date:   Sat, 9 Nov 2019 09:19:13 +0000
From:   Al Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>
To:     Jules Irenge <jbi.octave@...il.com>
Cc:     gregkh@...uxfoundation.org, jerome.pouiller@...abs.com,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, devel@...verdev.osuosl.org,
        Boqun.Feng@...rosoft.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH] staging: wfx: add gcc extension __force cast

On Fri, Nov 08, 2019 at 11:38:37PM +0000, Jules Irenge wrote:
> Add gcc extension __force and __le32 cast to fix warning issued by Sparse tool."warning: cast to restricted __le32"
>
> Signed-off-by: Jules Irenge <jbi.octave@...il.com>
> ---
>  drivers/staging/wfx/debug.c | 2 +-
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> 
> diff --git a/drivers/staging/wfx/debug.c b/drivers/staging/wfx/debug.c
> index 0a9ca109039c..aa7b2dd691b9 100644
> --- a/drivers/staging/wfx/debug.c
> +++ b/drivers/staging/wfx/debug.c
> @@ -72,7 +72,7 @@ static int wfx_counters_show(struct seq_file *seq, void *v)
>  		return -EIO;
>  
>  #define PUT_COUNTER(name) \
> -	seq_printf(seq, "%24s %d\n", #name ":", le32_to_cpu(counters.count_##name))
> +	seq_printf(seq, "%24s %d\n", #name ":", le32_to_cpu((__force __le32)(counters.count_##name)))

NAK.  force-cast (and it's not a gcc extension, BTW - it's sparse) is basically
"I know better; the code is right, so STFU already".  *IF* counters.count_...
is really little-endian 32bit, then why isn't it declared that way?  And if
it's host-endian, you've just papered over a real bug here.

As a general rule "fix" doesn't mean "tell it to shut up"...

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