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Re: [RFC] GCC 8 Project proposal: Extensions supporting C Metaprogramming, pseudo-templates
On Thu, 11 May 2017, Jonathan Wakely wrote:
> On 10 May 2017 at 23:14, Daniel Santos wrote:
> > Well my primary goal is programming with values that are constant in the
> > compiler. There is no language in any C specification (that I'm aware of)
> > for a "compile-time constant", but the concept is very important. So just
> > because some expression is a compile-time constant doesn't mean we morph
> > into a "constant expression" (as per the spec), even with
> > __attribute__((const)).
> The C standard says "An implementation may accept other forms of
> constant expressions." That means rather than inventing some
> "constprop" you could just extend GCC to treat more expressions
> involving constants as constant-expressions.
Note that while "other forms" might be accepted in initializers, they
would still not be integer constant expressions (see DR#312).
Joseph S. Myers