Fixing up kinfocenter/pci

Michael Pyne mpyne at
Fri Aug 8 01:17:05 BST 2008

On Thursday 07 August 2008, Adriaan de Groot wrote:
> The PCI data module for kinfocenter adds -fpermissive (a gcc-ism) to the
> compile flags, to compensate for its use of nested anonymous unions and
> other non-standard things. I waded through it, named all the unions and
> generally hammered into compilable shape without -fpermissive. The patch is
> 80k, so not attached but available at
> .

I've only partially looked at the patch but the union renaming makes it 
annoying to wade through.

However isn't anonymous unions standard C++?  I thought even nested unions 
(although I think they are useless) would be valid.

Actually I just checked, seems to work:

$ cat temp.cpp
struct test
    union {
        int a;
        int b;
        union {
            int c;
            int d;
$ g++ -ansi -Wall -o /dev/null -c temp.cpp

> Some parts of the code look
> dodgy to me, like some unions which look like they should be structs
> instead and some unions of members with different sizes -- not to mention
> that all these binary structures are using integer types as if they have a
> fixed size instead of uint_8_t or uint16_t .. anyway, does the patch look
> sensible to commit in 4.1 branch and trunk?

I think the patch would be easier to review without changing union names but I 
can go through the rest of it if you'd like.  I would like to see us get rid 
of -fpermissive. :)

 - Michael Pyne
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