On 13 May 2015, at 17:05, Pedro Giffuni <p...@freebsd.org> wrote:
> Hello;
> I am looking at the cdefs in other BSDs hoping to avoid adopting the
> same definitions with incompatible names and I noticed NetBSD is using
> a new __builtin_unreachable (void) function from gcc 4.6:
> https://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/Other-Builtins.html
> Apparently it was interesting enough that clang implemented it too so
> I created a code review differential for it.
> https://reviews.freebsd.org/D2536
> I don't want to add new C definitions unless they are going to be used
> so feel free to comment on the convenience or not of having it.

LLVM uses this quite heavily, in a macro that expands to something equivalent 
to assert(0 && "unreachable reached!”) in debug mode and 
__builtin_unreachable() in release mode.  When you’re debugging, you get errors 
if you reach unreachable code and in deployment the compiler gets a useful hint 
for optimisation.


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