apparent integer promotions bug

Neil Booth
Fri Mar 29 15:31:00 GMT 2002

David Holland wrote:-

> It appears that left-shifting an unsigned value is generating a signed
> value, but only when a bitfield is involved.

There a bunch of issues with bitfields, which are known, but they are
surprisingly hard to fix with the current organization of the front
ends.  I tried and failed for 3.1; thwarted by the timing and method of
generation of debug information.

The main issue is that GCC internally records the type of the bitfield not
as a new type of its true width, but as a type such as "unsigned int".
This then means that various code has to do special checks for whether
a bitfield is involved.  As you can imagine, this is quite error prone
and not a good long-term plan.

I may try for 3.2, but it requires quite a bit of reoriganization.


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