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SubjectRe: linux-next: build warnings from Linus' tree
Hi Ted,

On Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 2:02 AM, Theodore Y. Ts'o <tytso@mit.edu> wrote:
> P.S. It's really, really too bad there isn't a simpler way to shut up
> gcc. You need the #ifdef __GNUC_PREREQ nonsense because otherwise
> older versions of gcc that don't understand the particular warning
> you're trying to suppress will complain loudly. (Ask me how I
> know....)

Please check out the __nonstring patch I sent (the one Linus is
referring to, I guess) and see if you think it would be a good
solution for your case:

https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20180814193813.GA5473@gmail.com/

I just tried the patch below with 8.2 [*] and those two warnings in
fs/ext4 go away as expected.

I think marking those fixed-width fields is a good idea anyway (i.e.
makes it clear that they are not meant to be null-terminated), but I
would like to hear opinions on the matter.

Cheers,
Miguel

[*]

diff --git a/fs/ext4/ext4.h b/fs/ext4/ext4.h
index 0f0edd1cd0cd..3eef4b286895 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/ext4.h
+++ b/fs/ext4/ext4.h
@@ -1277,13 +1277,13 @@ struct ext4_super_block {
__le32 s_first_error_time; /* first time an error happened */
__le32 s_first_error_ino; /* inode involved in first error */
__le64 s_first_error_block; /* block involved of first error */
- __u8 s_first_error_func[32]; /* function where the error happened */
+ __u8 s_first_error_func[32] __nonstring; /* function
where the error happened */
__le32 s_first_error_line; /* line number where error happened */
__le32 s_last_error_time; /* most recent time of an error */
__le32 s_last_error_ino; /* inode involved in last error */
__le32 s_last_error_line; /* line number where error happened */
__le64 s_last_error_block; /* block involved of last error */
- __u8 s_last_error_func[32]; /* function where the error happened */
+ __u8 s_last_error_func[32] __nonstring; /* function
where the error happened */
#define EXT4_S_ERR_END offsetof(struct ext4_super_block, s_mount_opts)
__u8 s_mount_opts[64];
__le32 s_usr_quota_inum; /* inode for tracking user quota */
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