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SubjectRe: sparse segfaults
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On 22 Nov 2004, Duncan Sands mused:
> Generalized lvalues have been removed. Check out
> http://gcc.gnu.org/ml/gcc/2004-11/msg00604.html

There is talk of putting a subset of them back again, because a *lot* of
code does things like

((foo_t *)foo)++;

and the generalized lvalues extension makes that work as expected. Yes,
all such code is technically broken, but a large number of non-GCC
compilers also implement the extension enough for the construct above to
be valid.


Where it's really bad is in C++, where it can change the semantics of
some otherwise-valid code (due to the way it interacts with function
overloading). The whole generalized lvalues extension is definitely not
coming back, because fixing that C++ bug was a major reason why it was
removed in the first place.

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Only now, at the end of all things do we see
The lamp-bearer dies; only the lamp burns on.'
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