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Removing uninitialized_var()

Removing uninitialized_var()

Posted Dec 20, 2012 14:48 UTC (Thu) by kpfleming (subscriber, #23250)
In reply to: Removing uninitialized_var() by michaeljt
Parent article: Removing uninitialized_var()

The primarily complication is that developers (and users) use widely varying versions of GCC. Over time, of course, GCC gets better and better at avoiding false warnings, and developers tend to use the latest-and-greatest version on their systems. Users, though, like to stick with long-term-support distributions that have older compiler versions (some still using GCC 4.3.x), but also want their software to build without warnings. When the user reports a bug about a compiler warning, the developer frequently responds that it doesn't happen with the latest GCC, and wants to close it.

Solving the user's problem ends up requiring ugly workarounds that change the code (typically in non-functional ways) just to silence compiler warnings. Given that, it's quite reasonable to classify a compiler warning that is generated from code that cannot be trusted to have exhaustive proof of the potential failure as a 'bug' in the compiler.

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