Using __builtin_expect() in the body of unlikely branch

Marc Glisse
Mon Jan 7 06:11:00 GMT 2019

On Mon, 7 Jan 2019, Konstantin Kharlamov wrote:

> In most projects a definite pattern that's unlikely to be executed is a 
> PRINT_ERR macro which is basically a wrapper around fprintf() call. E.g.
> 	if (some_error) {
> 		// do cleanup
> 		return;
> 	}
> I wonder, is there a way to hint GCC that, whenever that code appears, 
> whatever branch was prior to that is unlikely to be executed?

Make PRINT_ERR a function with __attribute__((cold)).

Marc Glisse

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