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Re: bug#8732: uinttostr: comparison of unsigned expression < 0 is always

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: bug#8732: uinttostr: comparison of unsigned expression < 0 is always false
Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 10:34:53 +0200

Eric Blake wrote:
> [adding bug-gnulib]
> On 05/25/2011 03:29 PM, Eric Blake wrote:
>>>> building coreutils-8.12 with '--enable-gcc-warnings' fails on my
>>>> SLES 10.3 server:
>>>>   CC       uinttostr.o
>>>> cc1: warnings being treated as errors
>>>> In file included from uinttostr.c:3:
>>>> anytostr.c: In function 'uinttostr':
>>>> anytostr.c:39: warning: comparison of unsigned expression < 0 is always 
>>>> false
>>> the warning is spurious.  But we don't know how
>>> to shut up gcc.
>> You're not the first to hit this, either:
>> http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-gnulib/2010-10/msg00435.html
>> Since our party line back then was to "upgrade gcc or quit using -Werror
>> with old gcc", I'm marking this as a wontfix; but if you can come up
>> with a patch, we can reopen it.
> Jim, Paul,
> This patch silences the gcc warning even for gcc too old to honor the
> pragma, but I can't help but feel that it might be too gross (it makes
> functions like uinttostr larger in size).  What do you think?

Hi Eric,
Thanks for investigating, but

SLES 10.3's gcc is too old for --enable-gcc-warnings.

Coreutils' documentation (this originated as a report against
coreutils) is clear that you should use the --enable-gcc-warnings
option only with a "very recent version of gcc":
[from README-hacking]

    [*] The --enable-gcc-warnings option is useful only with glibc
    and with a very recent version of gcc.  You'll probably also have
    to use recent system headers.  If you configure with this option,
    and spot a problem, please be sure to send the report to the bug
    reporting address of this package, and not to that of gnulib, even
    if the problem seems to originate in a gnulib-provided file.

The solution is not to enable those warnings on anything but
"new enough" gcc+glibc.

I've closed the coreutils ticket.

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