cxl: Fix build failure due to -Wunused-variable behaviour change

Michael Ellerman mpe at
Thu Sep 17 15:13:28 AEST 2015

On Tue, 2015-15-09 at 05:48:34 UTC, Ian Munsie wrote:
> From: Ian Munsie <imunsie at>
> A recent change in gcc caused this build failure:
> /var/lib/jenkins/workspace/gcc_kernel_build/linux/drivers/misc/cxl/cxl.h:72:27:
> error: ‘CXL_PSL_DLCNTL’ defined but not used [-Werror=unused-const-variable]
>  static const cxl_p1_reg_t CXL_PSL_DLCNTL  = {0x0060};
> Because of this gcc commit:
> Commit 1bca8cbd0c68366f07277f98ce6963e10c2aa617 by mark
> PR28901 -Wunused-variable ignores unused const initialised variables in C
> 12 years ago it was decided that -Wunused-variable shouldn't warn about
> static const variables because some code used const static char rcsid[]
> strings which were never used but wanted in the code anyway. But as the
> bug points out this hides some real bugs. These days the usage of
> rcsids is not very popular anymore. So this patch changes the default
> to warn about unused static const variables in C with
> -Wunused-variable. And it adds a new option -Wno-unused-const-variable
> to turn this warning off. For C++ this new warning is off by default,
> since const variables can be used as #defines in C++. New testcases for
> the new defaults in C and C++ are included testing the new warning and
> suppressing it with an unused attribute or using
> -Wno-unused-const-variable. gcc/ChangeLog
> The cxl driver uses static consts in place of #defines in some cases
> for type safety, so this change causes the driver to fail to build on
> new copilers as these constants are not all used in every file that
> imports the header. Suppress the warning for this driver to return to
> the old behaviour of -Wunused-variable.
> Reported-by: Anton Blanchard <anton at>
> Signed-off-by: Ian Munsie <imunsie at>

Applied to powerpc fixes, thanks.


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