Division by ZERO on GIMPLE?

Ian Lance Taylor iant@google.com
Sun Dec 8 19:04:00 GMT 2013

On Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 4:16 AM, Bin.Cheng <amker.cheng@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 9:29 AM, Ian Lance Taylor <iant@google.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 1:48 AM, Bin.Cheng <amker.cheng@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I just found some GIMPLE like below is generated during boostrap gcc
>>> for x86, tree-vect-loop.c
>>>   <bb 637>:
>>>   # group_size_1432 = PHI <1(497), group_size_1017(660)>
>>>   # scalar_dest_1287 = PHI <scalar_dest_1228(497), scalar_dest_1012(660)>
>>>   ratio_1497 = group_size_1432 / 0;
>>>   goto <bb 501>;
>>> The compilation ends fine, but what is the division by 0?
>> Pretty hard to say without more information.  I just tried, and I
>> don't see it myself.  I would guess that some optimization split out
>> the ratio == 0 case for some reason.
> It disappeared with Richard's checkin r205730.  Also I am not sure is
> why the rest of compiler can live with that code.

The compiler doesn't much care if you divide by zero.  Even if the
programmer doesn't do such a thing, there are many ways that CSE can
produce an integer division by zero.  Code that divides an integer by
zero is valid C/C++ as long as it is never executed.  In fact, code
that divides an integer by zero is valid Go even if it does get
executed--Go defines what happens when an integer division by zero
occurs (you get a runtime panic that can be caught).  So while I
understand that the code looks odd, there is no reason the compiler
shouldn't be able to handle it.


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