[vlc-devel] [PATCH] configure: fail on casting incompatible pointers

Steve Lhomme robux4 at ycbcr.xyz
Wed Oct 2 15:38:11 CEST 2019

On 2019-10-02 15:02, Hugo Beauzée-Luyssen wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 2, 2019, at 2:59 PM, Steve Lhomme wrote:
>> On 2019-10-02 14:55, Denis Charmet wrote:
>>> On 2019-10-02 14:43, Steve Lhomme wrote:
>>>> On 2019-10-02 14:37, Denis Charmet wrote:
>>>>> I agree with Rémi here, using it on a small code base is good, using
>>>>> it in something as huge as VLC is more a hassle than anything else
>>>>> especially when you work on embedded platform with crazy broken
>>>>> toolchains.
>>>> Except we do not have any contribs with this issue, as I said I've
>>>> been using it for month and it helped a lot.
>>> I'm talking about other people building it with stupid toolchains not
>>> devs on their up to date computer.
>>>>> And in the end you still have the warning to spot the errors.
>>>> Just like the commit that was pushed yesterday with a warning.
>>>> Warnings are precisely useless because we have a huge codebase. When
>>>> building VLC there's way too much noise to actually see the good ones.
>>> Then enforce it on CI not on the general configure.ac. It's good when
>>> you control all the build parameters but it's not the case for VLC. With
>>> this you end up with people just not using VLC because they can't be
>>> bothered to remove flags in autotools.
>> Yeah, that's another option. That's what I'm using anyway:
>> ${SCRIPT_PATH}/configure.sh --host=$TRIPLET
>> --with-contrib=../contrib/$TRIPLET $CONFIGFLAGS \
>>       CFLAGS="$CFLAGS -Werror=invalid-command-line-argument
>> -Werror=incompatible-pointer-types -Werror=missing-field-initializers" \
>>       CXXFLAGS="$CXXFLAGS -Werror=invalid-command-line-argument
>> -Werror=incompatible-pointer-types -Werror=missing-field-initializers"
>> This can be added to the build script, and later in Gitlab.
> Should we make it optional, I'd rather have a configure flag that can add multiple stricter flags for CI instead of manual C(XX)FLAGS tinkering

That could be nice. Also there's no build script for Linux, so most 
Linux devs won't have them by default. So I'd vote to have the flag 
enabled by default.

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