r198858 - Disable LeakSanitizer in TableGen binaries, see PR18325

Alp Toker alp at nuanti.com
Thu Jan 9 09:42:13 PST 2014

On 09/01/2014 17:30, Jordan Rose wrote:
> On Jan 9, 2014, at 6:57 , Alp Toker <alp at nuanti.com 
> <mailto:alp at nuanti.com>> wrote:
>> I'm not making an assertion. The standard is very clear on this:
>>     * Reserved names [reserved.names]*
>>     If a program declares or defines a name in a context where it is
>>     reserved, other than as explicitly allowed by this Clause, its
>>     *behavior is undefined*.
>>     * Global names [global.names]*
>>     Certain sets of names and function signatures are always reserved
>>     to the implementation:
>>       * *Each name that contains a double underscore __*or begins
>>         with an underscore followed by an uppercase letter (2.12) *is
>>         reserved to the implementation for any use*.
>>       * Each name that begins with an underscore is reserved to the
>>         implementation for use as a name in the global namespace.
> I know I shouldn't be getting into this, but...
>     *1.3.24 undefined behavior [defns.undefined]*
>     behavior for which this International Standard imposes no requirements
>     /[ Note: Undefined behavior may be expected when this
>     International Standard omits any explicit definition of behavior
>     or when a program uses an erroneous construct or erroneous data.
>     *Permissible undefined behavior* ranges from ignoring the
>     situation completely with unpredictable results, *to behaving
>     during translation or program execution in a documented manner
>     characteristic of the environment* (with or without the issuance
>     of a diagnostic message), to terminating a translation or
>     execution (with the issuance of a diagnostic message). Many
>     erroneous program constructs do not engender undefined
>     behavior; they are required to be diagnosed. — end note ]/
> (emphasis mine)
> As I read this, a valid interpretation of this program is that when 
> LEAK_SANITIZER is defined, the program contains undefined behavior, 
> and therefore it should only be set in a context when the particular 
> implementation is known to do something sensible for this particular 
> undefined behavior (that is, use the function at runtime to disable 
> leak checking).
> I don't see this as abstractly different from the standard-specified 
> practice of replacing the global operator new, so I don't think it's 
> inherently an anti-pattern. I think everyone agrees on this since 
> you've said already you'd have no objections if the name weren't one 
> of the restricted [global.names] names.
> Would it help if the function were pre-declared in a system header, 
> and then just implemented or not implemented in user code?

Hi Jordan,

That's the current situation -- as long as sanitizer headers are 
available and in use the part of the spec you highlighted means it's 

The problem arises when sanitizer headers aren't available.

The discussion now is whether we can find a way for Kostya to provide 
the function definition unconditionally without having to wrap it in an 

This function is documented as being special and different from the 
other __lsan_ implementation-defined functions, so my suggestion is to 
give it a conventional C user library name such as 
LSANShouldDisableSanitizer() and place the declaration in an 
lsan_control.h header. That will make it clear that it's intended to be 
defined and treated as an ordinary weak linked function.

Apart from correctness, it appears this would be closer to the intention 
given that this is a control function.


> Jordan

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