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Subject: [OMPI devel] RFC: Warn user about deprecated MPI functionality and "wrong" compiler usage
From: Rainer Keller (keller_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-05-18 01:34:03

What: Warn user about deprecated MPI functionality and "wrong" compiler usage

Why: Because deprecated MPI functions, are ... deprecated

Where: On trunk

When: Apply on trunk before branching for v1.5 (it is user-visible)

Timeout: 1 weeks - May 26, 2009 after the teleconf.


I'd like to propose a patch that addresses two issues:
 - Users shoot themselves in the foot compiling with a different compiler
   than what was used to compile OMPI (think ABI)
 - The MPI-2.1 std. defines several functions to be deprecated.

This will warn Open MPI users, when accessing deprecated functions, even
giving a proper warning such as:
Also, now we may _warn_ when using a different compiler (gcc vs. intel vs.

This is achieved using __opal_attribute_deprecated__ and obviously needs to be
added into mpi.h, therefore being a user-visible change.

This however has a few caveats:
1.) Having Open MPI compiled with gcc and having users compiling with another
compiler, which is not supporting __attribute__((deprecated)) is going to be a
2.) The attribute is most useful, when having a proper description (as above)
-- which requires support for the optional argument to __deprecate__. This
feature is offered only in gcc>4.4 (see

Therefore, I added a configure-check for the compiler's support of the
optional argument.
And we need to store, which compiler is used to compile Open MPI and at (user-
app) compile-time again check (within mpi.h), which compiler (and version!) is
being used.
This is then compared at user-level compile-time.

To prevent users getting swamped with error msg. this can be turned off using
the configure-option:
which turns on OMPI_WANT_MPI_INTERFACE_WARNING (default: DISabled), as
suggested by Jeff.

The user can however override that with (check mpi2basic_tests):
lots of warnings follow

Please take a look into:

With best regards,

Also, we need to disable the warning, when building Open MPI itselve ;-)

Thanks to Paul Hargrove and Dan Bonachea for the GASnet file
portable_platform.h which offers the CPP magic to figure out compilers and
esp. compiler-versions.

Rainer Keller, PhD                  Tel: +1 (865) 241-6293
Oak Ridge National Lab          Fax: +1 (865) 241-4811
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