[PATCH 3/8] staging: wfx: standardize the error when vif does not exist

Greg Kroah-Hartman gregkh at linuxfoundation.org
Sat Oct 10 12:40:34 UTC 2020


On Sat, Oct 10, 2020 at 02:22:13PM +0200, Jérôme Pouiller wrote:
> On Friday 9 October 2020 20:52:47 CEST Kalle Valo wrote:
> > Jerome Pouiller <Jerome.Pouiller at silabs.com> writes:
> > 
> > > From: Jérôme Pouiller <jerome.pouiller at silabs.com>
> > >
> > > Smatch complains:
> > >
> > >    drivers/staging/wfx/hif_rx.c:177 hif_scan_complete_indication() warn: potential NULL parameter dereference 'wvif'
> > >    drivers/staging/wfx/data_tx.c:576 wfx_flush() warn: potential NULL parameter dereference 'wvif'
> > >
> > > Indeed, if the vif id returned by the device does not exist anymore,
> > > wdev_to_wvif() could return NULL.
> > >
> > > In add, the error is not handled uniformly in the code, sometime a
> > > WARN() is displayed but code continue, sometime a dev_warn() is
> > > displayed, sometime it is just not tested, ...
> > >
> > > This patch standardize that.
> > >
> > > Reported-by: Dan Carpenter <dan.carpenter at oracle.com>
> > > Signed-off-by: Jérôme Pouiller <jerome.pouiller at silabs.com>
> > > ---
> > >  drivers/staging/wfx/data_tx.c |  5 ++++-
> > >  drivers/staging/wfx/hif_rx.c  | 34 ++++++++++++++++++++++++----------
> > >  drivers/staging/wfx/sta.c     |  4 ++++
> > >  3 files changed, 32 insertions(+), 11 deletions(-)
> > >
> > > diff --git a/drivers/staging/wfx/data_tx.c b/drivers/staging/wfx/data_tx.c
> > > index b4d5dd3d2d23..8db0be08daf8 100644
> > > --- a/drivers/staging/wfx/data_tx.c
> > > +++ b/drivers/staging/wfx/data_tx.c
> > > @@ -431,7 +431,10 @@ static void wfx_skb_dtor(struct wfx_vif *wvif, struct sk_buff *skb)
> > >                             sizeof(struct hif_req_tx) +
> > >                             req->fc_offset;
> > >
> > > -     WARN_ON(!wvif);
> > > +     if (!wvif) {
> > > +             pr_warn("%s: vif associated with the skb does not exist anymore\n", __func__);
> > > +             return;
> > > +     }
> > 
> > I'm not really a fan of using function names in warning or error
> > messages as it clutters the log. In debug messages I think they are ok.
> 
> In the initial code, I used WARN() that far more clutters the log (I
> have stated that a backtrace won't provide any useful information, so
> pr_warn() was better suited).
> 
> In add, in my mind, these warnings are debug messages. If they appears,
> the user should probably report a bug.
> 
> Finally, in this patch, I use the same message several times (ok, not
> this particular one). So the function name is a way to differentiate
> them.

You should use dev_*() for these, that way you can properly determine
the exact device as well.

thanks,

greg k-h


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