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Subject: Re: [boost] [Locale] Preview of 3rd version
From: Mathias Gaunard (mathias.gaunard_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-09-12 10:47:47

On 12/09/2010 14:13, Artyom wrote:
>> On 12/09/2010 11:32, Artyom wrote:
>>>> Unfortunately, wchar_t is a different type from uint16_t or uint32_t,
>>>> so what you are doing probably counts as breaking the strict aliasing
>> rule.
>>> C++0x char16_t and char32_t are define as
>>>> Types _Char16_t and _Char32_t denote distinct types with the same size,
>>>> signedness,
>> That's not how it is in C++0x.
>> char16_t and char32_t are directly keywords, which has the bad effect or
>> preventing you from defining types with such names.
>>>> and alignment as uint_least16_t and uint_least32_t,
>>>> respectively, in<stdint.h>, called the underlying types.
>>> So no problems there,
>> Yes there are.
>> It has nothing to do with size and alignment. It's different types, so
>> the compiler is allowed to assume the memory doesn't alias so that it
>> can do smart optimizations.
>> If you compile your code with -Wstrict-aliasing with GCC, you will get a
>> warning that says so.
> 1st it don't warns,

I forgot to mention it also requires strict aliasing to be enabled,
which is the case with -O3.

I do get the warning with the following code:

int main()
     wchar_t data[] = L"foo";
     unsigned int* foo = (unsigned int*)data;
     *foo = 0;

(on Linux x86, where unsigned int and wchar_t are the same size and

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