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Re: Avoid some left-shifts of negative constants
On Thu, 7 Feb 2019, Paul Eggert wrote:
> fragile. Surely it would be easy to fix UBSAN to not report an error for a
> left shift of a negative value, for applications like glibc that are willing
> to rely on GCC's semantics.
I think such errors are like many compiler warnings - they may not
necessarily indicate a bug, but they indicate something suspicious in the
code, that requires extra thought to determine whether the code there is
correct or not (compared to code doing shifts on unsigned values that can
be more obviously correct without thinking about what happens with sign
bits in that particular case). If the code is doing left shifts of
negative values, that may well indicate an unsigned type would have made
the intended semantics clearer, even if a signed type does work in that
Joseph S. Myers