[cfe-commits] Patch for review: Parenthesis range in CXXConstructExprs

Daniel Jasper djasper at google.com
Tue Jul 10 22:05:22 PDT 2012

On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 12:33 AM, Richard Smith <richard at metafoo.co.uk>wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM, Daniel Jasper <djasper at google.com> wrote:
>> I don't think this is fully what I am trying to fix with this patch. This
>> patch addresses the inconsistency that the CXXConstructExpr contains the
>> correct ParenRange for Stmts like:
>> X value(7);
>> But an incorrect range if the constructor is called like a function, e.g.:
>> X(7);
> Right. My point is we don't have rules for what a correct range would be,
> and we need such rules before we can say whether your patch is right. My
> proposed rule means that the source range is wrong in both cases, and
> shouldn't include the parens (and that we should drop the ParenRange from
> CXXConstructExpr entirely). The fix for that is completely different from
> what you're proposing :-)
> As for printing, I don't know whether the SourceRange of the
>> CXXConstructExpr should include the parentheses. However, for refactoring,
>> it is definitely highly beneficial to know it (and in fact I think we'll
>> have to go and add it to other nodes as well). So, as CXXConstructExpr
>> already contains a member for that, we should definitely populate it as
>> best we can.
> That presumes that the parens are somehow logically part of the
> CXXConstructExpr, which I think is really the relevant question here.
> CXXConstructExpr is used in various cases where the parens are either part
> of some other construct, or where there are no parens, so I don't think it
> makes much sense to include the parens in the source range. I would imagine
> that for refactoring, what's really desired is a consistent and rational
> set of rules for what the source range of an expression means, which, as my
> examples demonstrate, we're *really really far* from having.
> Consider these two cases:
> X value(7);
> int value(7);
> In the first case, the source range for the initializer covers 'value' and
> the parentheses. For the second case, it covers only the '7'. The right fix
> for the second case seems naturally to be that we should store the source
> locations of the parentheses on the VarDecl. And that would remove any need
> for storing them on the CXXConstructExpr in the first case.
> Likewise in these expressions:
> X(7)
> int(7)
> Here, the CXXFunctionalCastExpr already contains the source locations of
> the parentheses. In the 'int' case, we don't store them anywhere else (and
> nor do we need to). In the 'X' case, we include the 'X' and the '(' in the
> source range of the CXXConstructExpr. That is inconsistent and unnecessary.

Why do we not need the parenthesis for int(7)? Because there are no
diagnostics that can trigger on a range including them?

I agree with everything you say, there should be a consistent way to
determine source locations. However, we need pretty much all the source
locations (this includes locations for each c/v qualifier, all parenthesis,
possibly braces, ...) in order to provide proper refactoring tools. I
gather that some of the inconsistencies have occurred because we are trying
to save as much space as possible and thus only add locations that are
really necessary for diagnostics. So, I see two challenges:
1) Make the current state more consistent. For this we might need to set up
some basic rules and then try to fix what can be fixed.
2) Provide a way to access the currently unavailable source locations. For
this, is see two approaches:
  - Include way more source locations in the current AST, possibly guarded
by a flag to preserve performance if not needed.
  - Provide means to re-parse the required part of the source code.

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