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SubjectRe: Not a GCC bug (was Re: Big GCC bug!!! [Was: Re: Do not misuse Coverity please])
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On Mar 30, 2005, at 18:38, Jakub Jelinek wrote:
> This testcase violates ISO C99 6.3.2.3:
> If a null pointer constant is converted to a pointer type, the
> resulting
> pointer, called a null pointer, is guaranteed to compare unequal to a
> pointer to any object or function.

Except that the result of dereferencing a null pointer is implementation
defined according to the C99 standard. My implementation allows me to
mmap
stuff at NULL, and therefore its compiler should be able to handle that
case. I would have no problem with either the standard or
implementation
if it either properly handled the case or didn't allow it in the first
place.

On another note, I've discovered the flag
"-fno-delete-null-pointer-checks",
which should probably be included in the kernel makefiles to disable
that
optimization for the kernel. (Ok, yes, I apologize, this isn't really
a GCC
bug, the behavior is documented, although it can be quite confusing. I
suspect it may bite some platform-specific code someday. It also
muddies
the waters somewhat with respect to the original note (and the effects
on
the generated code):

> int x = my_struct->the_x;
> if (!my_struct) return;

Cheers,
Kyle Moffett

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