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Subject: Re: [boost] [optional] Strict Aliasing Warnings on Trunk
From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-12-18 15:50:51

Patrick Horgan wrote:
> THAT's what the warning is trying to tell you, that the optimizer is
> going to do things that you don't like.

It's trying but not succeeding. The code is fine for two reasons, each of
them sufficient. One, it stores an object of type T and then accesses an
object of that same type T. Two, accessing an object via a pointer to
char/unsigned char is allowed.

> Scary, isn't it? Of course you could use -fno-strict-aliasing to get
> the right output, but the generated code won't be as good. A better
> way to accomplish the same thing without the warning's or the incorrect
> output is to define swaphalves like this:
> uint32_t
> swaphalves(uint32_t a)
> {
> union swapem{
> uint32_t a;
> uint16_t b[2];
> };


> This follows the rules...

No it doesn't. Writing to one union member and reading another is undefined.
You have to use memcpy if you care about the rules.

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