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Date:	Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:38:02 +0900
From:	Simon Horman <>
To:	Pavel Emelyanov <>
Cc:	David Miller <>,
	Linux Netdev List <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH][IPVS] Fix compiler warning about unused register_ip_vs_protocol

On Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 03:08:42PM +0300, Pavel Emelyanov wrote:
> This is silly, but I have turned the CONFIG_IP_VS to m,
> to check the compilation of one (recently sent) fix
> and set all the CONFIG_IP_VS_PROTO_XXX options to n to
> speed up the compilation.
> In this configuration the compiler warns me about
>   CC [M]  net/ipv4/ipvs/ip_vs_proto.o
> net/ipv4/ipvs/ip_vs_proto.c:49: warning: ‘register_ip_vs_protocol’ defined but not used
> Indeed. With no protocols selected there are no
> calls to this function - all are compiled out with
> ifdefs.
> Maybe the best fix would be to surround this call with
> ifdef-s or tune the Kconfig dependences, but I think that
> marking this register function as __used is enough. No?
> Signed-off-by: Pavel Emelyanov <>

That is kind of interesting.

On the one hand it might be more correct in some way to use some Kconfig
foo to get rid of register_ip_vs_protocol, and also most of
the body of ‘register_ip_vs_protocol() if no protocols are defined.

But on the other hand, its really a corner case, because in practice if
you are going to use IPVS then you are going to need at least one
protocol. So I'm happy with the simplicity of the __used solution, even
though strictly speaking it is a lie.

Acked-by: Simon Horman <>

> ---
> diff --git a/net/ipv4/ipvs/ip_vs_proto.c b/net/ipv4/ipvs/ip_vs_proto.c
> index e844ddb..c0e11ec 100644
> --- a/net/ipv4/ipvs/ip_vs_proto.c
> +++ b/net/ipv4/ipvs/ip_vs_proto.c
> @@ -45,7 +45,7 @@ static struct ip_vs_protocol *ip_vs_proto_table[IP_VS_PROTO_TAB_SIZE];
>  /*
>   *	register an ipvs protocol
>   */
> -static int register_ip_vs_protocol(struct ip_vs_protocol *pp)
> +static int __used register_ip_vs_protocol(struct ip_vs_protocol *pp)
>  {
>  	unsigned hash = IP_VS_PROTO_HASH(pp->protocol);
> -- 
> -
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