On 02/03/2018 10:01 PM, Simon Marchi wrote:
On 2018-02-03 13:35, Manfred wrote:
n4659 17.4 (Type equivalence) p1.3:

Two template-ids refer to the same class, function, or variable if
their corresponding non-type template arguments of integral or
enumeration type have identical values

It looks that for non-type template arguments the template type
equivalence is based on argument /value/ not /type/ (and value), so
IMHO gcc is correct where it considers foo<10u> and foo<10> to be the
same type, i.e. "refer to the same class"

FWIW, type_info reports the same class name for both templates, which
appears to be correct as per the above.

I would think someone from gcc might be more specific on why both
templates print 4294967286, and what debug info is actually stored by
-g in this case.

I think that Roman's example clearly shows that they are not equivalent in
all cases.

Building Roman's example with g++ 7.3 results in a single instantiated type.  
can see that both "new foo<10>()" and "new foo<10u>()" end up calling the same
constructor.  It seems like which type is instantiated depends on which template
parameter (the signed or unsigned one) you use first.  So with this:

     base * fi = new foo<10>();
     base * fu = new foo<10u>();

the output is -10 for both, and with

     base * fu = new foo<10u>();
     base * fi = new foo<10>();

the output is 4294967286 for both.  But it's probably a bogus behavior.  I 
with clangd, it instantiates two different types, so you get 4294967286 for the
<10u> case and -10 for the <10> case.  I also just built gcc from master, and it
also instantiates two types, so it seems like that was fixed recently.

So let's see what debug info gcc master generates for these two instances of foo
(clang master generates the equivalent).

  <1><9257>: Abbrev Number: 66 (DW_TAG_structure_type)
     <9258>   DW_AT_name        : (indirect string, offset: 0x8455): foo<10>
     <925c>   DW_AT_byte_size   : 16
     <925d>   DW_AT_decl_file   : 1
     <925e>   DW_AT_decl_line   : 7
     <925f>   DW_AT_decl_column : 8
     <9260>   DW_AT_containing_type: <0x92fd>
     <9264>   DW_AT_sibling     : <0x92f8>
 <1><93be>: Abbrev Number: 66 (DW_TAG_structure_type)
    <93bf>   DW_AT_name        : (indirect string, offset: 0x8455): foo<10>
    <93c3>   DW_AT_byte_size   : 16
    <93c4>   DW_AT_decl_file   : 1
    <93c5>   DW_AT_decl_line   : 7
    <93c6>   DW_AT_decl_column : 8
    <93c7>   DW_AT_containing_type: <0x92fd>
    <93cb>   DW_AT_sibling     : <0x945f>

If there are two types with the same name, how is gdb expected to differentiate

If we can't rely on the DW_AT_name anymore to differentiate templated types, 
the only alternative I see would be to make GDB ignore the template part of the
DW_AT_name value, and reconstruct it in the format it expects (with the u) from 
DW_TAG_template_value_param DIEs children of DW_TAG_structure_type (there's 
code to do that in dwarf2_compute_name).  Their types correctly point to the 
int or unsigned int DIE, so we have the necessary information.  However, that 
mean reading many more full DIEs early on, when just building partial symbols, 
would slow done loading the symbols of pretty much any C++ program.

From what I understand from the original change that caused all this [1], 
the suffixes was meant to make the error messages more readable for the user.

Readability was a factor but it wasn't the main motivation for
the change.

Printing the suffix is unhelpful because it leads to unnecessary
differences in diagnostics (even in non-template contexts).  For
templates with non-type template parameters there is no difference
between, say A<1>, A<1U>, A<(unsigned) 1>, or even A<Green> when
Green is an enumerator that evaluates to 1, so including the suffix
serves no useful purpose.  In the GCC test suite, it would tend to
cause failures due to differences between the underlying type of
common typedefs like size_t and ptrdiff_t.  Avoiding these
unnecessary differences was the main motivation for the change.
Not necessarily just in the GCC test suite but in all setups that
process GCC messages.

However, since foo<10>::print() and foo<10u>::print() are not the same function,
I think it would actually be more confusing if an error message talked about the
instantiation with the unsigned type, but mentioned "foo<10>::print()".  For 
if you put a

  static_assert (std::is_signed<decltype(x)>::value);

in the print method, this is the error message from gcc:

  test.cpp: In instantiation of 'void foo<IVAL>::print() [with auto IVAL = 10]':
  test.cpp:24:1:   required from here
  test.cpp:12:22: error: static assertion failed
         static_assert (std::is_signed<decltype(x)>::value);

Wouldn't the message make more sense with a u suffix?

I think this message would be the most meaningful if the "auto"
part were replaced with the deduced type.  With that, the suffix
of the constant isn't important, just as in other contexts.

I didn't consider the use of auto as a template parameter but
I don't think it changes anything.  There, just like in other
contexts, what's important is the deduced types and the values
of constants, not the minute details of how they are spelled.

That said, it wasn't my intention to make things difficult for
the debugger.  But changing GCC back to include the suffix,
even just in the debug info, isn't a solution.  There are other
compilers besides GCC that don't emit the suffixes, and there
even are some that prepend a cast to the number, so if GDB is
to be usable with all these kinds of producers it needs to be
able to handle all of these forms.


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