[2.6.19 PATCH 4/7] ehea: ethtool interface

Michael Ellerman michael at ellerman.id.au
Sat Aug 19 16:18:24 EST 2006

On Fri, 2006-08-18 at 17:41 +0200, Thomas Klein wrote:
> Hi Alexey,
> first of all thanks a lot for the extensive review.
> Alexey Dobriyan wrote:
> >> +	u64 hret = H_HARDWARE;
> > 
> > Useless assignment here and everywhere.
> > 
> Initializing returncodes to errorstate is a cheap way to prevent
> accidentally returning (uninitalized) success returncodes which
> can lead to catastrophic misbehaviour.

If you try to return an uninitialized value the compiler will warn you,
you'll then look at the code and realise you missed a case, you might
save yourself a bug. By unconditionally initialising you are lying to
the compiler, and it can no longer help you.


Michael Ellerman
IBM OzLabs

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