Archive | November, 2009

GCC Compiler Warnings

It’s often a good strategy when developing software to ensure that a number of compiler warnings are switched on. For example, the GCC compiler flag ‘-Wall‘ is often used to provide warnings about all ‘questionable constructions’ (things like omitting to include a return statement in a function that should return a non-void type). Enabling warnings such as this can speed up development as more time is spend debugging application logic rather than silly errors. However the downside is that the compiler may provide warnings about things that we know about and are happy with. This post revisits GCC attributes to see how we can supress such warnings.

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