On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 5:14 AM, Julian Foad <julian.foad_at_wandisco.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 2010-10-04, Philip Martin wrote:
>> stsp_at_apache.org writes:
>> > Author: stsp
>> > Date: Sun Oct 3 16:05:19 2010
>> > New Revision: 1003986
> Quoting the log message:
>> > Starting with version 4, gcc has been printing irritating warnings about
>> > "missing sentinels in function call" for virtually every call to apr_strcat().
> Only with APR 1.4, and only on some platforms.
>> There is an issue about this in the APR bug tracker:
>> The fix proposed there is to include stddef.h in apr.h, in order to make
>> sure that NULL is defined as a pointer type, such as (void *)0.
>> Unfortunately, this doesn't work for all systems, since some (e.g. OpenBSD)
>> define NULL as 0L, rather than (void *)0.
>> So in spite of regrets about churn, I whipped up a sed script that changed
>> all places triggering the warning to use (char *)NULL instead of NULL as
>> sentinel, and adjusted the result to fix overlong lines and other minor
>> formatting issues. This fixes all current instances of the warning for me,
>> making it much easier to spot important warnings. No functional change.
> Hi Stefan.
> I'm glad you are keen to keep only relevant warnings visible, but the
> sight of so many unnecessary casts in our code makes me squirm. :-(
> The NULL macro is intended for use as a pointer. When a combination of
> compiler, system library headers and APR headers conspires to throw out
> lots of warnings for perfectly normal code, it is that combination that
> needs to be fixed, not our code.
I agree. Keeping this usage consistent has the potential of being a
maintenance nightmare. Fixing the cause, rather than the symptom,
should be the priority.
> Please could you revert this change and seek an alternative.
> Making 'configure' define NULL on these system as '(void *)0' should be
> a good solution until APR is fixed.
Received on 2010-10-04 16:42:45 CEST