[PATCH 2/6] treewide: remove using list iterator after loop body as a ptr

Linus Torvalds torvalds at linux-foundation.org
Tue Mar 1 07:03:34 AEDT 2022

On Mon, Feb 28, 2022 at 11:56 AM Linus Torvalds
<torvalds at linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> I do wish we could actually poison the 'pos' value after the loop
> somehow - but clearly the "might be uninitialized" I was hoping for
> isn't the way to do it.

Side note: we do need *some* way to do it.

Because if we make that change, and only set it to another pointer
when not the head, then we very much change the semantics of
"list_for_each_head()". The "list was empty" case would now exit with
'pos' not set at all (or set to NULL if we add that). Or it would be
set to the last entry.

And regardless, that means that all the

        if (pos == head)

kinds of checks after the loop would be fundamentally broken.

Darn. I really hoped for (and naively expected) that we could actually
have the compiler warn about the use-after-loop case. That whole
"compiler will now complain about bad use" was integral to my clever
plan to use the C99 feature of declaring the iterator inside the loop.

But my "clever plan" was apparently some ACME-level Wile E. Coyote sh*t.



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