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Date:   Wed, 20 Apr 2022 18:53:39 +0200
From:   "Fabio M. De Francesco" <>
To:     Jaehee Park <>, Kalle Valo <>
Cc:     Jérôme Pouiller <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Paolo Abeni <>,,,,,, Stefano Brivio <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] wfx: use container_of() to get vif

On mercoledì 20 aprile 2022 13:57:57 CEST Kalle Valo wrote:
> Jaehee Park <> writes:
> > Currently, upon virtual interface creation, wfx_add_interface() stores
> > a reference to the corresponding struct ieee80211_vif in private data,
> > for later usage. This is not needed when using the container_of
> > construct. This construct already has all the info it needs to retrieve
> > the reference to the corresponding struct from the offset that is
> > already available, inherent in container_of(), between its type and
> > member inputs (struct ieee80211_vif and drv_priv, respectively).
> > Remove vif (which was previously storing the reference to the struct
> > ieee80211_vif) from the struct wfx_vif, define a function
> > wvif_to_vif(wvif) for container_of(), and replace all wvif->vif with
> > the newly defined container_of construct.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Jaehee Park <>
> [...]
> > +static inline struct ieee80211_vif *wvif_to_vif(struct wfx_vif *wvif)
> > +{
> > +	return container_of((void *)wvif, struct ieee80211_vif, 
> > +}
> Why the void pointer cast? Avoid casts as much possible.

In a previous email Jaehee wrote that she could compile her changes only by 
using that "(void *)" cast.

I replied that probably this is a hint that something is broken, although 
my argument is not necessarily a "proof". Might very well be that this cast 
was needed in this particular situation but I cannot see why.

@Jaehee, please try to explain why this "(void *)" cast is actually 
necessary and why your changes cannot avoid it.


Fabio M. De Francesco

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