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LinuxWorld: Kernel Space: Buried in Warnings

Nov 11, 2006, 21:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet)

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"The 2.6.19-rc4 prepatch release did not go quite as well as the developers might have liked; some confusion over the return type for an internal function led to an undesirable mixing of pointer and integer types in the depths of the block layer. As it turns out, gcc noticed this problem and duly issued warnings about it, but nobody saw them before the mistaken patch was merged and the resulting kernel shipped. This is, in other words, a problem which should have been easily avoidable..."

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