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Re: Unused variables in testsuite

On Fri, Apr 28, 2006 at 04:38:56PM +0200, Christophe LYON wrote:
> Is there anywhere a requirement that the compiler should allocate unused 
> variable under -O0 ?

This sort of requirement is never documented anywhere; it's just a
question of common practice.  Which in practice means GCC, until
someone is interested in making it more portable.

> For instance, consider the test in gdb.cp/ , m-static.h, 
> You can see that in main() one defines "test4" which is not used, thus 
> need not be allocated. Then, using "print test4.elsewhere" under GDB 
> fails. [note that in this case the default (empty) constructor for test4 
> has no side effects, thus test4 can be eliminated safely]
> In the same way, in gdb.mi/var-cmd.c , mi-var-display.exp, you can see 
> that function do_special_tests() defines several variables (eg 'u') and 
> does not use them, while the .exp file tries to "-var-create u * u".
> I modified these tests so that the variables are used, and they now pass 
> with our compiler.
> May I submit this small patch, or is there a requirement on GCC to 
> allocate even unused variables in -O0? (our compiler is not GCC)

I'd recommend submitting it.  We (CodeSourcery) have been slowly
submitting patches to allow the testsuite to run with yet another
compiler (ARM's); we hadn't gotten to this one yet, but I think it's in
there somewhere, because I remember having to modify m-static*.

Daniel Jacobowitz

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