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Date:	Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:01:05 +0100 (BST)
From:	"Maciej W. Rozycki" <>
To:	Joe Perches <>
cc:	David Miller <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] declance: Fix 64-bit compilation warnings

On Wed, 2 Jul 2014, Joe Perches wrote:

> > > The kernel vsprintf implementation doesn't prefix
> > > pointers with 0x, so you can use 0x%p if you really
> > > want that with a leading prefix, but you don't have
> > > to use it.
> > 
> >  It does, when the `#' format modifier is used (go try yourself!).
> I know it does, but it's incidental.

 Is it?  Someone took the effort to handle it:

	int default_width = 2 * sizeof(void *) + (spec.flags & SPECIAL ? 2 : 0);

while they could do:

	int default_width = 2 * sizeof(void *);

	spec.flags &= ~SPECIAL;

instead (clearing the flag to suit `number' called later on, that is).  
And I actually find it a natural consequence of how we implement `%p'; 
using `#' to switch between the two formats seems to fit ISO C perfectly 
(as an extension, that is, of course, but that does not contradict the 
requirement of "undefined behaviour").

 Hmm, actually I wonder if GCC maintainers could be persuaded to accept a 
`linux_printk' format checker, that would accurately match our semantics 
and could handle some of our other extensions too.  There are precedents 
already, `cmn_err' and `CFString' (for Solaris and Darwin), so it's not 
like a no-no outright.  WDYT?

> I phrased it badly though.
> There's no code that uses it.
> $ git grep "%#p" | wc -l
> 0

 Yeah, I did this before too; no surprise given the warning GCC produces.

> > I think using 0x%p 
> > would be ugly; here it wouldn't really matter, but ordinarily allowing a 
> > format to produce `0x (null)' would be rather lame, so I don't want to 
> > spread examples someone might foolishly copy.
> $ git grep "0x%p" | wc -l
> 1747
> <shrug>  What's one more...

 Heh, see what I mean.  And somehow I don't feel compelled to follow 1747 
mistakes. ;)  We could fix them all though if we had a proper 
`linux_printk' checker though.

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