[PATCH 02/06] Fix compilation warning for fs/ubifs/commit.c

Artem Bityutskiy dedekind at infradead.org
Thu Jul 16 08:11:30 EDT 2009

On Thu, 2009-07-16 at 13:57 +0200, Stefan Richter wrote:
> Stefan Richter wrote:
> > So, is uninitialized_var() a good fix here?  I'd say it's not a 
> > particular good one.  Count the lines of code of dbg_check_old_index() 
> > and the maximum indentation level of it.  Then remember the teachings of 
> > CodingStyle. :-)  See?  dbg_check_old_index() clearly isn't a prime 
> > example of best kernel coding practice.  /Perhaps/ a little bit of 
> > refactoring would make it easier to read, and as a bonus side effect, 
> > make it unnecessary to use the slightly dangerous and 
> > uninitialized_var() macro here.
> PS:
> On the other hand, it is debug code.  Is it bound to stay in there 
> forever?  If not, then it's surely not worth the developer time to 
> beautify it.

Yes, it is debugging code. It is doing additional consistency/sanity
checks of the internal data structures when you compile it in and enable
it. And yes, I'd like it to stay there forever, because it is a very
nice tool to catch bugs. In fact, I am really keen of this type of
debugging when you have internal checking functions. They help a lot.

Best regards,
Artem Bityutskiy (Битюцкий Артём)

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