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Date:	Wed, 06 Jun 2007 15:33:46 -0700
From:	James Ketrenos <>
To:	Andrew Morton <>
CC:	NetDev <>,
	linux-wireless <>
Subject: Re: warnings in git-wireless

Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Wed, 06 Jun 2007 13:51:41 -0700 James Ketrenos <> wrote:
>>>>  * make C=2 CF=-Wall will complain if you use ARRAY_SIZE on global data
>>>>  */
>>>> #define GLOBAL_ARRAY_SIZE(x) (sizeof(x) / sizeof((x)[0]))
>>> This is identical to ARRAY_SIZE.
>>> And if there's some problem with ARRAY_SIZE then fix ARRAY_SIZE!  Don't go 
>>> off and create some private thing and leave everyone else twisting in the
>>> wind.
>> The code was resolving the sparse warnings.  
> Your GLOBAL_ARRAY_SIZE() is, afaict, identical to ARRAY_SIZE().

>From include/linux/kernel.h

#define ARRAY_SIZE(arr) (sizeof(arr) / sizeof((arr)[0]) + __must_be_array(arr))

>From drivers/net/wireless/mac80211/iwlwifi/iwl-helpers.h

#define GLOBAL_ARRAY_SIZE(x) (sizeof(x) / sizeof((x)[0]))

The '+ __must_be_array(arr)' part of ARRAY_SIZE was causing sparse to complain 

drivers/net/wireless/mac80211/iwlwifi/base.c:4646:22: error: cannot size expression

When I had run my builds, I had restricted the sparse checks to just iwlwifi 
(vs. checking the rest of the kernel).

I just ran it C=2 CF=-Wall against the rest of the kernel and do see other code 
with the same problem, eg:

sound/core/memalloc.c:521:14: error: cannot size expression

I had erroneously thought it was just a problem with iwlwifi...

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