[cfe-dev] InitListExpr::getSyntacticForm and C++

John McCall rjmccall at apple.com
Wed Jan 26 11:11:48 PST 2011

On Jan 25, 2011, at 10:09 PM, Abramo Bagnara wrote:
> Il 25/01/2011 23:39, John McCall ha scritto:
>>> I'm not sure to read you right: are you saying that you believe it is an
>>> accident the lack of CXXConstructExpr/ImplicitCastExpr for class typed
>>> initializer or the presence of implicit casts for initializer with
>>> builtin types?
>> The only reason that the syntactic InitListExpr has implicit casts in it is
>> that we try to reuse the syntactic ILE as the semantic ILE.  You should
>> not count on the syntactic ILE ever having such casts.
> This lead to problems implementing important services on clang...
> The clang AST basic design is to have a data structure that, together
> with complete syntactical info, stores also rich info about what is
> happening "under the hood" (implicit cast, shadow decl, cxx construct
> expr, implicit this, implicit member expr, etc.).

Absolutely.  This generally works because the "under the hood" behavior
can be treated as extra information layered on top of the syntax tree.
Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true of initializer lists, where the semantic
form can be structured and ordered quite differently from the syntactic form.
Therefore we fall back to having two different views of the information, one of
which isn't always faithful to the syntax and one of which isn't always faithful
to the semantics.

I'm sorry if you've been skating by so far on the assumption that the syntactic
form will always contain all the relevant semantic information.  If you have an
actual proposal for how to integrate these views, I think that would be interesting.


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