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From: Dave Steffen (dgsteffen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-06-29 15:02:40

Paul Mensonides writes:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: boost-users-bounces_at_[hidden]
> > [mailto:boost-users-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Dave Steffen
> > Yes, I've seen this in the GCC documentation. Unfortunately, it
> > doesn't help if you're doing the sort of preprocessor metaprogramming
> > we're doing. In one case in particular, the end result of the macro
> > really is supposed to be a _function declaration_, not a section of
> > code.
> >
> > In another case, it shows up from the construct
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > I don't claim to understand everything that's going on here (even
> > remotely), but GCC 3.2 and 3.3 are very happy with the usage (in a
> > header file)
> >
> >
> >
> > while 3.4 complains about that semicolon. What I'm asking is A) does
> > anyone know if 3.4 has a particular -Wno-extra-semicolon, or
> > equivalent, to turn off that warning; or B) what is the proper
> > preprocessor metaprogramming technique to silence the warning.
> The proper technique is to get rid of the semicolon. A macro
> invocation is not an expression, though it may expand to one, and
> it is not a function call. Adding the semicolon and then trying to
> get around the warning (which should be an error) only encourages
> the view that macros invocations and function calls are equivalent.
> Nearly all macro-related problems (other than name collision) are a
> result of this fundamentally flawed perspective. The use of all
> caps should be make it obvious that a macro is involved. Making
> macro invocations appear more like function calls is evil--don't do
> it.

 Right. These macros are _not_ trying to look like function calls.
 Trying to make macros act like function calls _is_ evil, and we don't
 do that. Much. :-) This is not the problem.

 These macros _are_ part of some metaprogramming constructs that are
 attempting to automate the declaration of a suite of fuctions; or,
 mentioned above, which is part of our wrapper around Boost's signal

 I claim that our macros and use thereof is A) correct and B) safe.
 It just so happens that these macro constructs occasionally expand to
 something that has an extra semicolon, which triggers a warning in
 GCC 3.4 that we haven't seen before. What I'm asking is this:
 assuming that our macros and useage thereof is correct, how do we

          A) silence the GCC warning about extra semicolons, or
          B) modify the construct so that the trailing semicolon is
          "legal", or at least "something that won't scare the


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