[cfe-users] Converting a function name to boolean

Shriramana Sharma samjnaa at gmail.com
Fri May 3 07:29:09 PDT 2013

On Thu, May 2, 2013 at 11:37 PM, Dmitri Gribenko <gribozavr at gmail.com> wrote:
> Looks like our attempt to recover from an error leads to a bad
> diagnostic.  You can file a bug for a bad diagnostic at
> http://llvm.org/bugs/

Hmmm, examining it further I'm not sure functionality-wise it is a bug --

I think the situation is that it is not possible to extract a bool
value via the address of the function, so instead of suspecting that
the user might have wanted to convert the function pointer into a
bool, Clang is suspecting that the user wanted to call the function
and convert its return value to a bool, which is OK IMO.

However, in investigating the reason it is not possible to get a bool
value via the function pointer, I found that it is because one can't
take a pointer to a bound member function apparently, and I ran into
an actually unclear diagnostic by Clang:

struct A {
	        void  f () {}
	virtual void vf () {}
	 static void sf () {}
} a ;

int main ()
	if ( & a.f   ) {}
	if ( & A::f  ) {}
	if ( & a.vf  ) {}
	if ( & A::vf ) {}
	if ( & a.sf  ) {}
	if ( & A::sf ) {}

Clang reports: for the lines &a.f and &a.vf: "cannot create a
non-constant pointer to member function", which is not all that clear
IMO -- would it then be possible to create a *constant* pointer? How?

In this one case GCC is clearer: "ISO C++ forbids taking the address
of a bound member function to form a pointer to member function.  Say

Shriramana Sharma ஶ்ரீரமணஶர்மா श्रीरमणशर्मा
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