Defect Report #294

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Submitter: Greg Davis, Green Hills Software
Submission Date: 2003-08-14
Source: INCITS
Reference Document:
Version: 1.0
Date: 2003-10-22
Subject: Technical question on C99 restrict keyword


I have a question on section of the C99 spec.

Paragraph 4 is where this seems to get complicated.

Question 1)

"...Every other lvalue used to access the value of X shall also have its address based on P".

Consider the following example:

        #include <stdlib.h>
        char * restrict a, * restrict b;
        void copy(char * restrict dest, char * restrict source)
         int i;
        for (i = 0; i < 10; i++)
            dest[i] = source[i];
        int main()
         a = calloc(10);
         b = calloc(10);
         copy(a, b);
         return 0;

Is this a legal program? If so, could you explain the following? From the standpoint of main(), the memory in a is modified through the call to copy(). However, it seems to me that based on the definition of based on, the writes that modify *a are not based on the pointer a, but instead they're based on dest. Doesn't this violate the guarantee above?

Question 2)

"Every access that modifies X shall be considered also to modify P, for the purposes of this subclause." - Why is this necessary?

Question 3)

The same question for the rules on the copying of restrict pointers ("If P is assigned the value of a pointer expression E that is based on another restrict pointer object P2, associated with block B2, then either the execution of B2 shall begin before the execution of B, or the execution of B2 shall end prior to the assignment."). Why is this necessary?

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