Bug 800804 - Warn when using multidimensional zero length array
Warn when using multidimensional zero length array
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gcc (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jakub Jelinek
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Reported: 2012-03-07 05:10 EST by Markus Mayer
Modified: 2012-08-07 12:25 EDT (History)
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Description Markus Mayer 2012-03-07 05:10:28 EST
Description of problem:
GCC allows to declare arrays of zero length (a[0]). When using this the user is responsible to use the array correctly (accourding its bounds: a[3]=0).When using multidimensional arrays of zero length (a[0][0]), it is imposible to use it correctly (a[3][6]=0), because gcc is unable to calculate the correct offset.

Please print an error or a warning, when using multidimensional zero length arrays.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Compile this with 'gcc -Wall':
#include "string.h"
#include "stdio.h"

int main(void)
        char a[0][0];
        char b[16];
    } u;

    strcpy( u.b, "0123456789");

    unsigned int i = 0;
    unsigned int j = 0;
    for( i = 0; i < 4; ++i)
        for( j = 0; j < 4; ++j)
            printf("[%d][%d]: %c\n", i, j, u.a[i][j]);

    return 0;

Actual results:
[0][0]: 0
[0][1]: 1
[0][2]: 2
[0][3]: 3
[1][0]: 0
[1][1]: 1
[1][2]: 2
[1][3]: 3
[2][0]: 0
[2][1]: 1
[2][2]: 2
[2][3]: 3
[3][0]: 0
[3][1]: 1
[3][2]: 2
[3][3]: 3

Numbers from 0 to 9 are expected, but it is impossible for gcc to figure this out.

Expected results:
An error or at least a warning, that using multidimensional zero length arrays is a bad idea.
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