Commit 89f60a5d authored by Gustavo A. R. Silva's avatar Gustavo A. R. Silva

genalloc.h: Replace zero-length array with flexible-array member

The current codebase makes use of the zero-length array language
extension to the C90 standard, but the preferred mechanism to declare
variable-length types such as these ones is a flexible array member[1][2],
introduced in C99:

struct foo {
        int stuff;
        struct boo array[];
};

By making use of the mechanism above, we will get a compiler warning
in case the flexible array does not occur last in the structure, which
will help us prevent some kind of undefined behavior bugs from being
inadvertently introduced[3] to the codebase from now on.

Also, notice that, dynamic memory allocations won't be affected by
this change:

"Flexible array members have incomplete type, and so the sizeof operator
may not be applied. As a quirk of the original implementation of
zero-length arrays, sizeof evaluates to zero."[1]

This issue was found with the help of Coccinelle.

[1] https://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/Zero-Length.html
[2] https://github.com/KSPP/linux/issues/21
[3] commit 76497732 ("cxgb3/l2t: Fix undefined behaviour")
Signed-off-by: default avatarGustavo A. R. Silva <gustavo@embeddedor.com>
parent 5299a11a
......@@ -76,7 +76,7 @@ struct gen_pool_chunk {
void *owner; /* private data to retrieve at alloc time */
unsigned long start_addr; /* start address of memory chunk */
unsigned long end_addr; /* end address of memory chunk (inclusive) */
unsigned long bits[0]; /* bitmap for allocating memory chunk */
unsigned long bits[]; /* bitmap for allocating memory chunk */
};
/*
......
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