On 2015-09-16 15:57:04 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> writes:
> > On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 3:16 AM, Craig Ringer <cr...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
> >> Our implementation of << is a direct wrapper around the C operator. It
> >> does not check the right-hand side's value.
> >> ... On x64 intel gcc linux it does a rotation but that's
> >> not AFAIK guaranteed by anything, and we should probably not be
> >> relying on this or exposing it at the user level.
> > I agree.
> As far as I'm concerned, what those operators mean is "whatever your
> compiler makes them mean".

According to C that's undefined behaviour. So in the extreme sense that
could mean that the instruction could trigger a SIGBUS or something.

> This is hardly the only place where we expose
> platform-dependent behavior --- see also locale dependencies, timezones,
> floating point, yadda yadda --- and I do not find it the most compelling
> place to start reversing that general approach.

But in other places We do overflow checks, so I don't think that'd be
reversal of a general approach.


Andres Freund

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