thermal: imx8mm: Replace zero-length array with flexible-array

Message ID 20200507192517.GA16557@embeddedor
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  • thermal: imx8mm: Replace zero-length array with flexible-array
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Gustavo A. R. Silva May 7, 2020, 7:25 p.m.
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]

sizeof(flexible-array-member) triggers a warning because flexible array
members have incomplete type[1]. There are some instances of code in
which the sizeof operator is being incorrectly/erroneously applied to
zero-length arrays and the result is zero. Such instances may be hiding
some bugs. So, this work (flexible-array member conversions) will also
help to get completely rid of those sorts of issues.

This issue was found with the help of Coccinelle.

[3] commit 76497732932f ("cxgb3/l2t: Fix undefined behaviour")

Signed-off-by: Gustavo A. R. Silva <>
 drivers/thermal/imx8mm_thermal.c |    2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)


diff --git a/drivers/thermal/imx8mm_thermal.c b/drivers/thermal/imx8mm_thermal.c
index 0d60f8d7894f..e6061e26d4ac 100644
--- a/drivers/thermal/imx8mm_thermal.c
+++ b/drivers/thermal/imx8mm_thermal.c
@@ -54,7 +54,7 @@  struct imx8mm_tmu {
 	void __iomem *base;
 	struct clk *clk;
 	const struct thermal_soc_data *socdata;
-	struct tmu_sensor sensors[0];
+	struct tmu_sensor sensors[];
 static int imx8mm_tmu_get_temp(void *data, int *temp)