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From: Volker Reichelt <>
To: Martin Sebor <>
Subject: Re: {PATCH] New C++ warning -Wcatch-value
Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:55:00 -0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On 15 May, Martin Sebor wrote:
>> So how about the following then? I stayed with the catch part and added
>> a parameter to the warning to let the user decide on the warnings she/he
>> wants to get: -Wcatch-value=n.
>> -Wcatch-value=1 only warns for polymorphic classes that are caught by
>> value (to avoid slicing), -Wcatch-value=2 warns for all classes that
>> are caught by value (to avoid copies). And finally -Wcatch-value=3
>> warns for everything not caught by reference to find typos (like pointer
>> instead of reference) and bad coding practices.
> It seems reasonable to me.  I'm not too fond of multi-level
> warnings since few users take advantage of anything but the
> default, but this case is simple and innocuous enough that
> I don't think it can do harm.
>> Bootstrapped and regtested on x86_64-pc-linux-gnu.
>> OK for trunk?
>> If so, would it make sense to add -Wcatch-value=1 to -Wextra or even -Wall?
>> I would do this in a seperate patch, becuase I haven't checked what that
>> would mean for the testsuite.
> I can't think of a use case for polymorphic slicing that's not
> harmful so unless there is a common one that escapes me, I'd say
> -Wall.

So that's what I committed after Jason's OK.

> What are your thoughts on enhancing the warning to also handle
> the rethrow case?
> Also, it seems that a similar warning would be useful even beyond
> catch handlers, to help detect slicing when passing arguments to
> functions by value.  Especially in code that mixes OOP with the
> STL (or other template libraries).  Have you thought about tackling
> that at some point as well?

I don't have any plans to handle handle the rethrow case.

A general slicing warning would be very nice to have. Actually
clang-tidy has one (which is a little buggy, though).
Implementing this is over my head, though.
I'd rather stick with something less ambitious.

> Martin
>> Regards,
>> Volker

  parent reply	other threads:[~2017-06-05 10:55 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 12+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2017-05-01  8:38 Volker Reichelt
2017-05-03  3:34 ` Martin Sebor
2017-05-07 20:28   ` Volker Reichelt
2017-05-08  3:18     ` Martin Sebor
2017-05-08 13:14       ` Jason Merrill via gcc-patches
2017-05-14 15:30       ` Volker Reichelt
2017-05-15 20:03         ` Martin Sebor
2017-05-24 20:13           ` Jason Merrill
2017-05-30  6:22             ` Volker Reichelt
2017-05-31 20:55               ` Jason Merrill
2017-06-05 10:55           ` Volker Reichelt [this message]
2017-06-05 19:08             ` Jason Merrill

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