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Date:	Mon, 18 Feb 2008 17:03:32 -0800
From:	Joe Perches <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] net/8021q/vlan_dev.c - Use print_mac

On Mon, 2008-02-18 at 16:50 -0800, David Miller wrote:
> Actually it seems the 'pure' attribute is more important
> here.  Although it's not semantically a perfect match,
> what we need to tell the compiler is basically that:
> 1) the return value depends upon the inputs
> 2) if the input is not used, it's safe to avoid the call
> and 'pure' accomplishes that without any unwanted side-effects.
> I think this will not result in any unwanted over-optimization.
> Because if the inputs change in any way GCC has to emit the
> call.
> Any objections?

Does this need to be done for all function calls
declared with __attribute__((format(printf, x, y)))
return 0;

ie: pr_debug, dev_dbg, dev_vdbg?

Perhaps it's more sensible to go back to

#ifdef DEBUG
#define pr_debug(fmt, arg...) do {} while (0)

and give up the printf argument verification

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