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Re: arm gcc 4.1.3 -O2 dead code removal breaks configure test

From: Dave Hart
Subject: Re: arm gcc 4.1.3 -O2 dead code removal breaks configure test
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 06:17:53 +0000

On Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 17:18 UTC, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
> * Dave Hart wrote on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 11:58:53AM CEST:
> > We have a solution, changing the test to assign the address of
> > in6addr_any to a global variable preserves the reference:
> > struct in6_addr * pin6addr_any = &in6addr_any;
> > Is our fix the best you can imagine?
> In order to be absolutely sure that the compiler can't optimize away the
> reference, I'd say you need to modify external state depending on it.
> Typically, you can do that by printing its contents, or, if those aren't
> well-defined (so the compiler might warn about that), its address (with
> %lu and cast to unsigned long, for portability).  Of course this means
> the test needs to include AC_INCLUDES_DEFAULT in the test header, for
> stdio.h.  The latter means you can then drop including sys/types another
> time.

Hi Ralf, thank your for your thoughtful and timely response.  I've
changed as you suggest:

                printf("%x", in6addr_any.s6_addr[15]);

in6_addr has one standard member: u_int8_t s6_addr[16];

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Rocks!  Autotools rock my world!   ;)

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supporting use of ntpd on embedded systems with esoteric processors
and tools.  While we may have a user or three who think of ntpd as
merely a component of their favorite latest Linux distribution, those
of us maintaining the distribution value portability.  We do not like
to hear from would-be users their platform can't build NTP.  If a
system has an adjustable clock, an ANSI C/ISO C90 compiler and the few
basic POSIX tools relied upon by Autotooled tarballs, we want to
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stand on the shoulders of.   Thanks to everyone maintaining Autotools,
and don't let the bastards wear you down!

Dave Hart

    [for in6addr_any],
                AC_INCLUDES_DEFAULT [[
                    #include <sys/socket.h>
                    #include <netinet/in.h>
                    printf("%x", in6addr_any.s6_addr[15]);

case "$isc_cv_in6addr_any_links" in
    AC_DEFINE([ISC_PLATFORM_NEEDIN6ADDRANY], [1], [missing in6addr_any?])

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