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Implicit type conversion warnings #196

ruimaciel opened this issue Sep 20, 2017 · 1 comment


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commented Sep 20, 2017

While building re2c from source (v1.0.2) I've noticed that there are a couple of type conversion warnings popping out during the build process. Here are the warnings:

Warning #1:

rc/ast/ In function ‘int yyparse(re2c::context_t&)’:
src/ast/ warning: conversion to ‘yytype_int16 {aka short int}’ from ‘int’ may alter its value [-Wconversion]
   *yyssp = yystate;

Here's a proposal to fix this warning, by changing the type of yystate (and yyn) to yytype_int16.

Warning #2:

src/ast/ warning: conversion to ‘long unsigned int’ from ‘long int’ may change the sign of the result [-Wsign-conversion]
       YYSIZE_T yysize = yyssp - yyss + 1;

This warning, OTOH, may require some attention, as YYSIZE_T is an unsigned integer type but I believe there are no assurances that the result of (yyssp-yyss + 1) is always positive.


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commented Sep 20, 2017

Hi Rui,

Thanks for the patch, but is a bison-generated file, so fixing the warnings requires fixing bison.

I've seen these warnings ever since I enabled -Wconversion and -Wsign-conversion options, and that was 2 years ago. The majority of bison users either build without these warnings, or just ignore them. I reported this to bison mailing list and Akim Demaille replied that the conversion is safe, but he will address the warning at some point (or I am welcome to send a patch).

@skvadrik skvadrik closed this Mar 19, 2019

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