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When building numpy and scipy, we are limited to a quite restricted set of warning compilers, thus missing a large class of potential bugs which could bedetected with stronger warning flags. The goal of this PEP is to clean the code and implements some policy to have a warning free numpy and scipy build

Warning flags

Each compiler detects a diffferent set of potential errors. The reference will be gcc -Wall -W -Wextra. Ideally, a complete set would be nice:

-W -Wall -Wextra -Wstrict-prototypes -Wmissing-prototypes -Waggregate-return -Wcast-align -Wcast-qual -Wnested-externs -Wshadow -Wbad-function-cast -Wwrite-strings

Intel compiler, VS with /W3 /Wall, Sun compilers have extra warnings too.

Kind of warnings

C Python extension code tends to naturally generate a lot of spurious warnings. The goal is to have some facilities to tag some typical C-Python code so that the compilers do not generate warnings; the tag process has to be clean, readable, and be robust.

unused parameter

This one appears often: any python-callable C function takes two arguments, of which the first is not used for functions (only for methods). One way to solve it is to tag the function argument with a macro NPY_UNUSED. This macro uses compiler specific code to tag the variable, and mangle it such as it is not possible to use it accidentally once it is tagged.

The code to apply compiler specific option could be:

#if defined(__GNUC__)
#define __COMP_NPY_UNUSED __attribute__ ((__unused__))
# elif defined(__ICC)
#define __COMP_NPY_UNUSED __attribute__ ((__unused__))

System Message: WARNING/2 (<string>, line 46)

Definition list ends without a blank line; unexpected unindent.


The variable mangling would be:


When applied to a variable, one would get:

int foo(int * NPY_UNUSED(dummy))

expanded to

int foo(int * __NPY_UNUSED_TAGGEDdummy __COMP_NPY_UNUSED)

signed/unsigned comparison

More tricky: not always clear what to do

half-initialized structures

Just put the elements with NULL in it. "warnfix_pep.txt" 68L, 2125C written


SciPy: BuildWithoutWarning (last edited 2015-10-24 17:48:23 by anonymous)