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Re: [PATCH] Check the STRING_CSTs in varasm.c

Richard Biener wrote:
> +embedded @code{NUL} characters.  However, the
> +@code{TREE_STRING_LENGTH} always includes a trailing @code{NUL} that
> +is not part of the language string literal but appended by the front end.
> +If the string shall not be @code{NUL}-terminated the @code{TREE_TYPE}
> +is one character shorter than @code{TREE_STRING_LENGTH}.
> +Excess caracters other than one trailing @code{NUL} character are not
> +permitted.
> I find this very confusing and oppose to that change.  Can we get
> back to the drawing board please?  If we want an easy way to
> see whether a string is "properly" terminated then maybe we can
> simply use a flag that gets set by build_string?

What I mean with that is the case like
char x[2] = "123456";

which is build_string(7, "123456"), but with a type char[2],
so varasm throws away "3456\0".

I want to say that this is not okay, the excess precision
should only be used to strip the nul termination, in cases
where it is intended to be a assembled as a not zero terminated
string.  But maybe the wording could be improved?


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