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Re: Compiler error in drivers/video/cirrusfb.c: syntax error before ‘vol

To: Martin Michlmayr <>
Subject: Re: Compiler error in drivers/video/cirrusfb.c: syntax error before ‘volatile’
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 13:58:53 +0000
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On Tue, Jan 24, 2006 at 02:51:30AM +0000, Martin Michlmayr wrote:

> I get the following compiler error for drivers/video/cirrusfb.c on
> mips:
>   CC      drivers/video/cirrusfb.o
> In file included from include/video/vga.h:25,
>                  from drivers/video/cirrusfb.c:70:
> include/asm/vga.h:29: error: syntax error before ‘volatile’
> include/asm/vga.h:34: error: syntax error before ‘volatile’
> make[2]: *** [drivers/video/cirrusfb.o] Error 1
> These lines define scr_writew() and scr_readw():
> 29:static inline void scr_writew(u16 val, volatile u16 *addr)
> 34:static inline u16 scr_readw(volatile const u16 *addr)
> Note that some other arches (powerpc, alpha) have the same
> definitions in vga.h.
> This is with 2.6.15.

Interesting catch.  The reason is this code in <linux/vt_buffer.h>:

#include <asm/vga.h>

#ifndef VT_BUF_HAVE_RW
#define scr_writew(val, addr) (*(addr) = (val))
#define scr_readw(addr) (*(addr))
#define scr_memcpyw(d, s, c) memcpy(d, s, c)

But VT_BUF_HAVE_RW is defined in <asm/vga.h>, so if neither
CONFIG_VGA_CONSOLE nor CONFIG_MDA_CONSOLE is defined compilation will
blow up when <asm/vga.h> is being imported later.


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