gcc-10: disable 'restrict' warning for now
gcc-10 now warns about passing aliasing pointers to functions that take
That's actually a great warning, and if we ever start using 'restrict'
in the kernel, it might be quite useful. But right now we don't, and it
turns out that the only thing this warns about is an idiom where we have
declared a few functions to be "printf-like" (which seems to make gcc
pick up the restricted pointer thing), and then we print to the same
buffer that we also use as an input.
And people do that as an odd concatenation pattern, with code like this:
#define sysfs_show_gen_prop(buffer, fmt, ...) \
snprintf(buffer, PAGE_SIZE, "%s"fmt, buffer, __VA_ARGS__)
where we have 'buffer' as both the destination of the final result, and
as the initial argument.
Yes, it's a bit questionable. And outside of the kernel, people do have
standard declarations like
int snprintf( char *restrict buffer, size_t bufsz,
const char *restrict format, ... );
where that output buffer is marked as a restrict pointer that cannot
alias with any other arguments.
But in the context of the kernel, that 'use snprintf() to concatenate to
the end result' does work, and the pattern shows up in multiple places.
And we have not marked our own version of snprintf() as taking restrict
pointers, so the warning is incorrect for now, and gcc picks it up on
If we do start using 'restrict' in the kernel (and it might be a good
idea if people find places where it matters), we'll need to figure out
how to avoid this issue for snprintf and friends. But in the meantime,
this warning is not useful.
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <email@example.com>
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