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Date:	Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:51:25 -0500
From:	Murali Karicheri <>
To:	<>, <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: How to fix CHECK warning: testing a 'safe expression'

+ Josh

On 12/16/2014 01:23 PM, Murali Karicheri wrote:
> netdev maintainers,
> I got a comment to address CHECK warning and wondering how to address
> 'warning: testing a 'safe expression' which appears when using
> where foo is defined as
> struct foo_type *foo;
> The foo get assigned only NULL or ERR_PTR(error code). So I believe the
> usage is correct. But then how do I make the CHECK happy of its usage?
> I have tried doing a grep on the current usage of IS_ERR_OR_NULL() and
> found 276 of them causes this warning in the v3.18 version of the kernel
> that I am using
> $ grep -r "warning: testing a 'safe expression" * | wc -l
> 276
> 1) Can someone explain what this warning means?
> 2) Is it acceptable to post patches to netdev list with this warning?
> 3) if not, how this is expected to be fixed? Any example usage to fix
> this warning will be helpful.
> Thanks in advance for

Murali Karicheri
Linux Kernel, Texas Instruments
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