Forum: ARM programming with GCC/GNU tools Is this a BUG? (yagarto)

von A. S. (aleksazr)

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In my first post (http://embdev.net/topic/166639)
I had problems with the -Wunreachable-code.

I have now removed that option, DLed latest yagarto,
and changed my prog like this:
typedef struct {
  int x, y;

pPOINT TestProc (
        pPOINT start,
        pPOINT finish)

    pPOINT src, dst;
    POINT pt;

    src = start;
    dst = start;

    while (1) {
        // read point
        pt.x = src->x;
        pt.y = src->y;

        // store point & INC dst
        dst->x = pt.x;
        dst->y = pt.y;

        // skip same points (not just one, as before)
        do {
            if (src == finish) return dst;
        } while ( (src->x == pt.x) && (src->y == pt.y) );

and I get this:
warning: cannot optimize loop, the loop counter may overflow.

(the warning is on RETURN DST line)

Minimum command-line options to reproduce the warning are:

-Ox (-Os, -O1, -O2, -O3)

Is it really unsafe, or is it a bug?

This is a complete list of command-line options that I use,
should I add/remove some options?


von Bernhard R. (barnyhh)

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Just a hint:

What happens, if the parameters start and finish are equal ( start == 
finish ) !!!


von Clifford S. (clifford)

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What happens if you change



while( finish > start )

and then have a 'default' return before the last brace.  The optimizer 
will then be able to make safe assumptions about the relationship 
between start and finish in the loop.

Alternatively you could try adding an assert( finish > start ) before 
the while loop.  I am not sure whether the optimiser uses asserts as 
hints to make assumptions, but it may be worth a try (if such 
micro-optimisation is ever worth the effort in the first instance that 
is, which often it is not)

von A. S. (aleksazr)

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I didn't know compilers are that smart!

This removes the warning:
    if (src >= finish) return dst;


von Clifford S. (clifford)

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Aleksandar Stancic wrote:
> I didn't know compilers are that smart!
Optimizers are: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compiler_optimization


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