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

Christian König christian.koenig at amd.com
Mon Feb 28 20:56:40 UTC 2022

Am 28.02.22 um 21:42 schrieb James Bottomley:
> On Mon, 2022-02-28 at 21:07 +0100, Christian König wrote:
>> Am 28.02.22 um 20:56 schrieb Linus Torvalds:
>>> On Mon, Feb 28, 2022 at 4:19 AM Christian König
>>> <christian.koenig at amd.com> wrote:
>>> [SNIP]
>>> Anybody have any ideas?
>> I think we should look at the use cases why code is touching (pos)
>> after the loop.
>> Just from skimming over the patches to change this and experience
>> with the drivers/subsystems I help to maintain I think the primary
>> pattern looks something like this:
>> list_for_each_entry(entry, head, member) {
>>       if (some_condition_checking(entry))
>>           break;
>> }
>> do_something_with(entry);
> Actually, we usually have a check to see if the loop found anything,
> but in that case it should something like
> if (list_entry_is_head(entry, head, member)) {
>      return with error;
> }
> do_somethin_with(entry);
> Suffice?  The list_entry_is_head() macro is designed to cope with the
> bogus entry on head problem.

That will work and is also what people already do.

The key problem is that we let people do the same thing over and over 
again with slightly different implementations.

Out in the wild I've seen at least using a separate variable, using a 
bool to indicate that something was found and just assuming that the 
list has an entry.

The last case is bogus and basically what can break badly.

If we would have an unified macro which search for an entry combined 
with automated reporting on patches to use that macro I think the 
potential to introduce such issues will already go down massively 
without auditing tons of existing code.


> James

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