Use of void pointer arithmetic?

Kalle Valo kvalo at
Thu Feb 24 01:59:31 PST 2022

(Changing subject, adding Linus and linux-kernel)

Dan Carpenter <dan.carpenter at> writes:

> On Thu, Feb 24, 2022 at 09:34:31AM +0200, Kalle Valo wrote:
>> Francesco Magliocca <franciman12 at> writes:
>> > Hi, I picked (void*) to be conformant with the other examples in htt_rx.c
>> > For example at line 1431:
>> >>    rxd = HTT_RX_BUF_TO_RX_DESC(hw,
>> >>                    (void *)msdu->data - hw->rx_desc_ops->rx_desc_size);
>> >
>> > But for me it is ok. Maybe we should fix all the occurrences of this kind.
>> Yeah, it would be good to fix the void pointer arithmetic in a separate
>> patch. I have planning to enable -Wpointer-arith in my ath10k-check and
>> ath11k-check scripts, so patches are very welcome.
> Void * casts simplify a lot of code.  Less noise.  More readable.
> They're more accurate in a sense because it's not a u8 at all.  The
> kernel can't compile with other compilers besides GCC and Clang so why
> care about that the C standard hasn't caught up?
> What does -Wpointer-arith buy us?

A good question. I have always just thought we should avoid void pointer
arithmetic due to the C standard, but now that you mention it void
pointers can indeed simplify the code. So I'm not so sure anymore.

Any opinions? Is there a kernel wide recommendation for this?


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