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Re: gcc warning in my trace_benchmark() code

To: Steven Rostedt <>, Ralf Baechle <>
Subject: Re: gcc warning in my trace_benchmark() code
From: David Daney <>
Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:12:16 -0700
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On 06/05/2014 09:12 AM, Steven Rostedt wrote:
I'm going through some of the warnings that Fengguang Wu's test bot has
discovered, and one of them is from a MIPS allmodconfig build.

    kernel/trace/trace_benchmark.c: In function 'trace_do_benchmark':
kernel/trace/trace_benchmark.c:84:3: warning: comparison of distinct pointer 
types lacks a cast [enabled by default]
kernel/trace/trace_benchmark.c:85:3: warning: comparison of distinct pointer 
types lacks a cast [enabled by default]
    kernel/trace/trace_benchmark.c:38:6: warning: unused variable 'seedsq' 

vim +84 kernel/trace/trace_benchmark.c

     78         if (bm_cnt > 1) {
     79                 /*
     80                  * Apply Welford's method to calculate standard 
     81                  * s^2 = 1 / (n * (n-1)) * (n * \Sum (x_i)^2 - (\Sum 
     82                  */
     83                 stddev = (u64)bm_cnt * bm_totalsq - bm_total * bm_total;
   > 84                      do_div(stddev, bm_cnt);
   > 85                      do_div(stddev, bm_cnt - 1);
     86         } else
     87                 stddev = 0;

Is there something special with do_div in mips that I should be aware

Yes. MIPS is using the implementation in asm-generic/div64.h, which per the comments in that file has a useless pointer compare to find just this type of issue.

Ralf: As a side note, while looking at arch/mips/include/asm/div64.h, I saw that the implementation of __div64_32 in that file will be unused, and is also completely broken due to the first parameter never being used.

David Daney

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