Summary: nested struct => dmd adds a hidden pointer
           Product: D
           Version: 2.036
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Keywords: wrong-code
          Severity: regression
          Priority: P2
         Component: DMD

--- Comment #0 from 2009-11-25 02:16:13 PST ---
Take this code:

void main() {
    struct X {
        int x;
        int bar() { return x; }
    X s;

dmd2 adds a hidden pointer to struct X. That means s.sizeof==8. For extra
buggyness, the hidden pointer appears in s.tupleof.

This silently breaks many uses of structs. Especially it breaks C
compatibility, the bit-layout for asm code, and whatever you think of.

At the very least, dmd should never add a hidden pointer if that hidden pointer
gets is not needed.

Actually, I consider this an anti-feature, because dmd should NEVER add
(non-static) hidden fields to structs. The request to fix or remove this
feature is part of this bug report. The language spec should also be fixed.
Note that even if the hidden pointer is added only if needed, this is still
bug-prone, because it requires complicated semantic analysis just to tell,
whether the struct's size got messed up.

I propose to add a "dynamic" attribute for nested structs. If a struct is
tagged with "dynamic", it can reference variables from its enclosing scope, and
may need a hidden pointer.

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