On Tue, May 06, 2014 at 03:29:37PM -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:

> > We can work around this by encapsulating the constant return
> > value in a static inline function, as gcc specifically
> > avoids complaining about unused function returns unless the
> > function has been specifically marked with the
> > warn_unused_result attribute.
> 
> That's kind of W*A*T magic, and I generally try to avoid magic, as
> long as it solves your "can we make both -O2 with new compilers and
> -O3 happy?" I wouldn't complain ;-)

I agree it's rather magical, but I think it's something we can count on.
Certainly turning on warn_unused_result for every function would be a
catastrophe for most code bases, and I don't expect gcc to do it. It's
possible it would eventually grow smart to say "eh, I inlined this and
realized that you don't use the return value", but I think that would be
similarly a bad idea.

And it does work with -O2 and -O3 with both gcc-4.9 and clang in my
tests.

-Peff
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