Wishlist: declarations suitable for post mortem debugging

Joseph S. Myers joseph@codesourcery.com
Thu Apr 26 13:50:00 GMT 2012

On Thu, 26 Apr 2012, Paul Pluzhnikov wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 2:49 AM, David Kastrup <dak@gnu.org> wrote:

> > So I would strongly suggest that functions that are _explicitly_
> > intended to dump core don't get marked as "__noreturn__".  This seems

The noreturn attributes are needed for the compiler to know the control 
flow when compiling the caller and avoid lots of spurious warnings from 
thinking control flow can continue past a call to such a function.  I 
think the correct change would be to GCC, to reduce the default 
optimizations around calls to noreturn functions.  Note that a problem 
with such an optimization affecting backtraces from abort on ARM was fixed 
by <http://gcc.gnu.org/ml/gcc-patches/2009-11/msg01234.html>.

Joseph S. Myers

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