[coreboot] checkpatch: Question regarding asmlinkage and storage class

Paul Menzel paulepanter at users.sourceforge.net
Sat Mar 18 13:15:38 CET 2017

Dear checkpatch developers,

The coreboot project started using checkpatch.pl, and now some effort
is going into fixing issues pointed out by `checkpatch.pl`.

The file `src/arch/x86/acpi_s3.c` in coreboot contains the code below.

   205	void (*acpi_do_wakeup)(uintptr_t vector, u32 backup_source, u32 backup_target,
   206		u32 backup_size) asmlinkage = (void *)WAKEUP_BASE;

The warning is

> WARNING: storage class should be at the beginning of the declaration

which raised the question below [2].

> And I am waiting for someone to answer why checkpatch.pl claims
> asmlinkage as a storage-class in the first place.

In coreboot the macro is defined similarly to Linux.

#define asmlinkage __attribute__((regparm(0)))
#define alwaysinline inline __attribute__((always_inline))

In Linux, commit 9c0ca6f9 (update checkpatch.pl to version 0.10) seems
to have introduced the check. The commit message contains “asmlinkage
is also a storage type”.

Furthermore, `checkpatch.pl` doesn’t seem to warn about the code below.

void __attribute__((weak)) mainboard_suspend_resume(void)

This raises the question below.

> It appears coreboot proper mostly followed this placement for
> function attributes before. It would be nice if we were consistent,
> specially if checkpatch starts to complaint about these.

Is there another reason, besides not having that implemented?

I am looking forward to your answers.

Kind regards,


[1] https://review.coreboot.org/#/c/18865/1/src/arch/x86/acpi_s3.c@205
[2] https://review.coreboot.org/18865/
[3] https://review.coreboot.org/#/c/18865/1/src/arch/x86/acpi_s3.c@244
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