It's not just copying the value from one to the other.
The value is initialized on the first line. The proc_name is passed into the
function where the jobid and vpid are used (not the epoch). The function
returns a new (the correct) value for the epoch based on the passed in jobid
and vpid which is assigned to the process name.
This is the same thing as initializing the value to NULL. We do that all the
time to avoid compiler warnings. I just can't do that here because this
isn't a pointer. If it would make the code look better I can move the first
assignment to the top of the function where the other initializations are.
On Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM, Barrett, Brian W <bwbarre_at_[hidden]>wrote:
> On 8/8/11 9:34 AM, "Jeff Squyres" <jsquyres_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> >On Aug 8, 2011, at 11:30 AM, Wesley Bland wrote:
> >> The reason is because valgrind was complaining about uninitialized
> >>values that were passed into proc_get_epoch. I saw the same warnings
> >>from valgrind when I ran it. I added the code to initialize the values
> >>to what really should be the default value and the warnings went away.
> >>Since the process_name_t struct isn't an object, it doesn't have an
> >>initialization function like so many of the other objects in the code.
> >>This is what we have.
> >Ah, I see -- you are passing peer_name into proc_get_epoch(). I missed
> >> peer_name.jobid = ORTE_PROC_MY_NAME->jobid;
> >> peer_name.vpid = peer_idx;
> >> + peer_name.epoch = ORTE_EPOCH_INVALID;
> >> peer_name.epoch = orte_ess.proc_get_epoch(&peer_name);
> I'm still not convinced this is a rational coding style. It seems to me
> that if you're just going to copy the epoch from peer_name to peer_name,
> just assign the epoch to INVALID and be done with it. There's no need for
> both the assignment added in this patch and the line after it.
> Now, normally I'd say that this is fixing a bug and having to fix other
> people's bad code shouldn't be your problem. But since you wrote both
> lines, fixing it to make sense seems reasonable to me ;).
> Brian W. Barrett
> Dept. 1423: Scalable System Software
> Sandia National Laboratories