[LLVMbugs] [Bug 8704] New: LLVM/Clang unexpectedly generates ivar for readonly properties

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Mon Nov 29 17:31:56 PST 2010


           Summary: LLVM/Clang unexpectedly generates ivar for readonly
           Product: clang
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Macintosh
        OS/Version: MacOS X
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P
         Component: Frontend
        AssignedTo: unassignedclangbugs at nondot.org
        ReportedBy: nfarina at gmail.com
                CC: llvmbugs at cs.uiuc.edu

I'm using the new iOS 4.2 SDK and LLVM 1.6, and I've been trying the new
"@synthesize by default" feature which is _awesome_. (using -Xclang and

However I've noticed an odd side effect: Clang seems to be "automatically
synthesizing" and declaring ivars for readonly properties for which I've
defined a "getter" method.

Example Object:

@interface TestObject : NSObject
@property (nonatomic, readonly) NSString *hello;

@implementation TestObject
- (NSString *) hello { return @"world."; }

Later, when inspecting the class:

    unsigned int varCount;

    Ivar *vars = class_copyIvarList([TestObject class], &varCount);

    for (int i = 0; i < varCount; i++) {
        Ivar var = vars[i];

        const char* name = ivar_getName(var);
        const char* typeEncoding = ivar_getTypeEncoding(var);

        NSLog(@"IVAR %s of type %s", name, typeEncoding);


Prints: IVAR hello of type @"NSString"

The problem goes away if I explicitly declare "@dynamic hello". But this seems
unnecessary: I can't imagine a case where I would want a readonly property with
an automatic ivar where I've *also* created my own getter method.

Appreciate all your guys' work on these amazing new features!

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