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Bug 373 - Clang compilation fails with exceptions disabled
Summary: Clang compilation fails with exceptions disabled
Alias: None
Product: Eigen
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Core - general (show other bugs)
Version: 3.0
Hardware: All All
: Normal Unknown
Assignee: Nobody
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-11-09 04:19 UTC by Aaron Lindsay
Modified: 2019-12-04 11:15 UTC (History)
2 users (show)


Description Aaron Lindsay 2011-11-09 04:19:32 UTC

When compiling any program that includes Eigen with -fno-exceptions in Clang, compilation will fail with the following error:

In file included from Eigen/Core:252:
Eigen/src/Core/util/Memory.h:90:13: error: 
      array is too large (18446744073709551615 elements)
    new int[size_t(-1)];

This has been tested with both Apple's clang included in the iOS SDK 5.0, and a Linux x86_64 clang version 2.9 (tags/RELEASE_29/final).

Perhaps abort() or something similar in this situation would work?

 - Aaron
Comment 1 Benoit Jacob 2011-11-09 04:32:57 UTC
hm. It's computing at compile time that the byte size exceeds the max value of a size_t. I wonder if this is allowed by the c++ spec.

Does any of the following compile:

new char[size_t(-1)];


new int[size_t(-1)/sizeof(int)];

Either would work as that would still be guaranteed to fail at runtime.
Comment 2 Benoit Jacob 2011-11-09 04:34:20 UTC
Note that abort() is not an option here: we must generate a bad_alloc exception which is tricky when compiling with -fno-exceptions. The only way is to do a huge new[].
Comment 3 Aaron Lindsay 2011-11-09 04:40:04 UTC
Neither of those work, they still complain about being too large.

However, this does:
size_t v = -1;
new int[v];

Tried it with various optimization levels and it compiles (and runs resulting in a bad_alloc) on all of them.
Comment 4 Gael Guennebaud 2011-12-05 09:46:17 UTC
thanks for finding this, seems to be harmless so:
changeset:   e0b15640d9d1
date:        2011-12-05 09:44:25
summary:     fig bug 373: compilation error with clang 2.9 when exceptions are disabled (cannot reproduce with clang 3.0 or 3.1)
Comment 5 Nobody 2019-12-04 11:15:09 UTC
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