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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tools lib: Disable redundant-delcs error for strlcpy

Ping. Can you accept or comment on this patch? There is further
explanations of it:

1. It seems that people putting strlcpy() into the tools was already aware of
the problems it causes and tried to solve them. Probably, that's why they put
`__weak` attribute on it (so it would be linkable in the presence of another
strlcpy). Then `#ifndef __UCLIBC__`ed and later `#if defined(__GLIBC__) &&
!defined(__UCLIBC__)` its declaration. But, solution was incomplete and could
be improved to make kernel buildable on more systems (where libc contains

There is not need to make `redundant redeclaration` warning an error in
this case.

2. `#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored` trick is already used multiple times
in the kernel:

$ git grep '#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored'
arch/arm/lib/xor-neon.c:#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored "-Wunused-variable"
tools/build/feature/test-gtk2-infobar.c:#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored "-Wstrict-prototypes"
tools/build/feature/test-gtk2.c:#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored "-Wstrict-prototypes"
tools/include/linux/string.h:#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored "-Wredundant-decls"
tools/lib/bpf/libbpf.c:#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored "-Wformat-nonliteral"
tools/perf/ui/gtk/gtk.h:#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored "-Wstrict-prototypes"
tools/testing/selftests/kvm/lib/assert.c:#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored "-Wunused-result"
tools/usb/ffs-test.c:#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored "-Wdeprecated-declarations"

So the solution does not seem alien in the kernel and should be acceptable.

(I also send this to another of your emails in case I used wrong one before.)


On Mon, Dec 09, 2019 at 12:46:07AM +0300, Vitaly Chikunov wrote:
> Disable `redundant-decls' error for strlcpy declaration and solve build
> error allowing users to compile vanilla kernels.
> When glibc have strlcpy (such as in ALT linux since 2004) objtool and
> perf build fails with something like:
> In file included from exec-cmd.c:3:
> tools/include/linux/string.h:20:15: error: redundant redeclaration of ‘strlcpy’ [-Werror=redundant-decls]
> 20 | extern size_t strlcpy(char *dest, const char *src, size_t size);
> | ^~~~~~~
> It's very hard to produce a perfect fix for that since it is a header
> file indirectly pulled from many sources from different Makefile builds.
> Fixes: ce99091 ("perf tools: Move strlcpy() from perf to tools/lib/string.c")
> Fixes: 0215d59 ("tools lib: Reinstate strlcpy() header guard with __UCLIBC__")
> Signed-off-by: Vitaly Chikunov <>
> Cc: Dmitry V. Levin <>
> Cc: Josh Poimboeuf <>
> Cc: Vineet Gupta <>
> Cc:
> ---
> tools/include/linux/string.h | 3 +++
> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/tools/include/linux/string.h b/tools/include/linux/string.h
> index 980cb9266718..99ede7f5dfb8 100644
> --- a/tools/include/linux/string.h
> +++ b/tools/include/linux/string.h
> @@ -17,7 +17,10 @@ int strtobool(const char *s, bool *res);
> * However uClibc headers also define __GLIBC__ hence the hack below
> */
> #if defined(__GLIBC__) && !defined(__UCLIBC__)
> +#pragma GCC diagnostic push
> +#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored "-Wredundant-decls"
> extern size_t strlcpy(char *dest, const char *src, size_t size);
> +#pragma GCC diagnostic pop
> #endif
> char *str_error_r(int errnum, char *buf, size_t buflen);

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