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Re: C as intermediate language, signed integer overflow and -ftrapv

On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:35, Richard Biener <> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM, Thomas Mertes <> wrote:
> > On Thu, Jul 24 at 10:36 PM, Richard Biener <> wrote:
> >> Fact is that if somebody is interested in
> >> -ftrapv he/she is welcome to contribute patches.  Especially testing
> >> coverage is poor.
> >
> > As I said I have test programs for integer overflow (not written
> > in C). Now I have converted one test program to C. This program
> > checks if an int64_t overflow raises SIGABRT or SIGILL. The name of
> > the program is chkovf64.c and I have uploaded it to
> >
> >
> >
> > It is licenced with GPL. You can use it to improve the testing
> > coverage of gcc. When I compile it with:
> >
> >   gcc -ftrapv chkovf64.c -o chkovf64
> >
> > it writes a lot of warnings about "integer overflow in expression".
> > Running chkovf64 shows that -ftrapv does not work correct.
> That's - basically
> as soon as we can constant-fold we lose the trap.  Which is probably
> not important for practical purposes, but you have a point here.

For human programmers it is probably ok to have a warning instead of
the trap. But when the C program has been generated (C as intermediate
language) it is important that the trap is not lost.

Isn't possible that constant-fold has the result "it will overflow"?
Hopefully it is not necessary to omit an optimization because of -ftrapv.
For my use-case that would be bad. I need -ftrapv together with all
optimizations for production code and NOT for debugging purposes.

> > Maybe all -ftrapv problems uncovered by chkovf64.c are because
> > of this. Unfortunately there are also other test cases where
> > a signal is not raised although a signed integer overflow occurred.
> > This happens in a much bigger program and until now I was not
> > able to create a simple test case from it.
> Yes, not all optimizations may be aware of -ftrapv.

In the case above (the much bigger program) the error (overflow without
raising SIGABRT) happens when I compile without -O and without -g.
When I use -g the signal SIGABRT is raised. I still don't have a simple
test case, sorry.

Did you have a look at chkovf64.c?
Is it useable as test program for -ftrapv?

Greetings Thomas Mertes

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