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Subject: Re: [hwloc-devel] signed / unsigned
From: Brice Goglin (Brice.Goglin_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-12-16 16:58:13

Jeff Squyres wrote:
> On Dec 16, 2009, at 3:35 PM, Jeff Squyres wrote:
>> While preparing to SVN commit, I made the default for HG checkouts to compile with debug and picky modes. I now see a TRUCKLOAD of signed/unsigned comparison warnings. I'll look into these right now...
> A bunch of them were fairly straightforward "using int and unsigned together" cases that were easy to fix. But some of them are less clear -- comparing what should be unsigned values with -1. This makes me believe that -1 is being used as a sentinel value in some places -- e.g., in hwloc_obj_t->os_index. It's a "signed" field, but many of the comparisons that are made to it are from "unsigned" variables. And at least in one or two places, it is compared against -1.

os_index == -1 means that it is unknown (or does not mean anything or

> Which should be fixed -- make the .os_index field be unsigned (and either have another boolean indicating whether the .os_index value is valid or not, or having a sentinel value for invalid (perhaps ((unsigned) -1)?), or make all the comparison variables be unsigned?

(unsigned) -1 is fine with me.