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Subject: Re: [Boost-users] Metaprogramming Question
From: Dave Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-02-28 16:10:40

on Thu Feb 09 2012, Kim Barrett <> wrote:

> On Feb 9, 2012, at 1:47 AM, John M. Dlugosz wrote:
>> On 2/9/2012 12:21 AM, Jeremiah Willcock wrote:
>>> Would it be reasonable for your use case to have MY_FANCY_ASSERT be:
>>> #define MY_FANCY_ASSERT(cond, str) \
>>> if (cond) {} else format(str) % __FILE__ % __LINE__
>>> or similar? It would restrict where you could use it, but would be
>>> simple and guarantee the properties you want.
>> Actually, that's not at all too unreasonable. I had shied away from
>> making a macro that "eats" the following arguments in a non-expression
>> way, on general principles. But I see that what you have doesn't
>> leave a dangling-else problem, and I suppose people won't notice that
>> it's at all funny.
> I have a similar macro and just yesterday received a bug report from
> one of my users because code like this
> if (cond1) MY_FANCY_ASSERT(cond2, ...) ... ;
> was resulting in compiler warnings from gcc: -Wparentheses (enabled by
> -Wall) complains about potential confusion over which "if" an "else"
> belongs to. I was unable to find a way to suppress the warning
> locally to the macro, even with the local diagnostic control pragmas
> available in gcc4.6 (though it might be argued that some of what I was
> seeing should be considered gcc bugs (I intend to file a bug report)

Any old-timey C programmer will tell you the trick is to put your code
inside a do { ... } while(0):

 #define MY_FANCY_ASSERT(cond, str) do { \
     if (cond) {} else format(str) % __FILE__ % __LINE__ \
     } while(0)


Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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