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Re: FYI: by default, elide analyzer-related warning options

From: Dmitry V. Levin
Subject: Re: FYI: by default, elide analyzer-related warning options
Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2022 03:30:12 +0300

On Sat, Jan 01, 2022 at 03:51:26PM -0800, Paul Eggert wrote:
> On 1/1/22 12:08, Jeffrey Walton wrote:
> > Shouldn't the litmus test be "bug free code"?
> No, as that's not practical when developing real-world applications.
> In practice, -fanalyzer is sooooo slow that it has significant adverse 
> effects on ordinary development. Among other things, this can cause 
> developers to do less testing, which hurts reliability. So it's 
> reasonable to enable -fanalyzer only on request.
> As Jim wrote, the case for -Wanalyzer-double-free and 
> -Wanalyzer-use-after-free would be stronger if these options were 
> finding real bugs in coreutils and grep. In practice, though, they're 
> not doing that.
> PS. If you want more-extensive checking, and even slooooooower builds, 
> try -flto -fanalyzer.

It's not just slow, it's also a memory hog to the extent that
it doesn't fit into virtual memory on 32-bit architectures, see


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