On Sat, May 29, 2004 at 11:23:56AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> Since the whole point of sparse is to have _static_ typechecking, such
> code will never be sparse-clean, and either we have to ignore it, or we
> should split up the use into two different kinds of structures (with the
> same members apart from the address space) and explicitly convert between
> the two. I'd obviously prefer that approach, but it might be a fair
> amount of work (most of it should be really trivial, though, and I suspect
> it would clarify pointer usage a lot to know when a "struct msghdr" points
> to user space, and when it points to kernel space. Or whatever - maybe
> that was a bad example).
Right now there is only one serious false positive I know about.
and its equivanlents in some places. That's __typeof__() handling bug.
The rest is easy to spot - ## handling is broken in minimally tricky
cases, [arg] is not recognized in asm arguments, some __attribute__()
are not recognized and string constant length limits sometimes bite
in asm bodies.
The rest of patchset (~360Kb right now, and it will grow more) does include
several splittings of structs, BTW. It removes pretty much all noise on
my alpha / amd64 / x86 builds; the rest is real issues.
Probably the worst annoyance is iovec - there is almost no intersection
between the code that expects kernel pointers in it with code that expects
userland ones (majority). I hadn't split that one, but that's worth
sync kiocb is a disaster waiting to happen.
->write() of tty_driver will take some research - we might want to try and
keep copying from userland in generic code instead of just splitting the
method, but that will require figuring out the locking issues.
A bunch of set_fs() users in compat code is simply broken and should be
using compat_alloc_user_space() instead. They end up with a mix of kernel
and userland pointers, and set_fs(KERNEL_DS) is not enough to handle that.
console code has some moderately minor annoyances; compared to the ugliness
of the entire code in that area they are not too interesting.
One thing I would _really_ hate to see is use of typecasts just to shut
sparse up - the point is to find the potentially problematic places, not
to hide them. We probably need a flag for sparse that would warn about
explicit typecasts changing noderef and address_space inside the pointers;
it obviously won't help the casts to unsigned long and back, but those
are presumably used when people really mean it.