Question about default_elf_asm_named_section function

Ian Lance Taylor
Sat Oct 15 06:08:00 GMT 2011

"Iyer, Balaji V" <> writes:

> Can I submit a patch for it? Or is it a small thing that patch is not necessary?

I will preapprove such a patch for anybody with commit access.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ian Lance Taylor [] 
> Sent: Friday, October 14, 2011 12:38 AM
> To: Iyer, Balaji V
> Cc: ''
> Subject: Re: Question about default_elf_asm_named_section function
> "Iyer, Balaji V" <> writes:
>> 	This email is in reference to the "default_elf_asm_named_section" function in the varasm.c file. 
>> This function is defined like this:
>> void
>> default_elf_asm_named_section (const char *name, unsigned int flags,
>>                                tree decl ATTRIBUTE_UNUSED)
>> But, inside the function, there is this if-statement:
>>       if (HAVE_COMDAT_GROUP && (flags & SECTION_LINKONCE))
>>         {
>>           if (TREE_CODE (decl) == IDENTIFIER_NODE)
>>             fprintf (asm_out_file, ",%s,comdat", IDENTIFIER_POINTER (decl));
>>           else
>>             fprintf (asm_out_file, ",%s,comdat",
>>                      IDENTIFIER_POINTER (DECL_COMDAT_GROUP (decl)));
>>         }
>> The decl is set with "ATTRIBUTE_UNUSED" but the if-statement is using "decl." Should we remove the attribute unused tag near the "tree decl" or is the if-statement a deadcode that should never be ?
> ATTRIBUTE_UNUSED does not mean "this parameter is never used."  It means "this parameter may not be used."  The difference is due to #ifdefs--if a parameter is only used in code that is something #ifdef'ed out, then the parameter should be marked as ATTRIBUTE_UNUSED.
> In this case the parameter is always used, so we might as well remove the ATTRIBUTE_UNUSED.
> Ian

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