C oddity -- language and/or compiler

utzoo!decvax!harpo!eagle!mhtsa!alice!rabbit!smb utzoo!decvax!harpo!eagle!mhtsa!alice!rabbit!smb
Wed Jan 19 10:05:38 AEST 1983

A co-worker found this one the hard way....

	double	a;	/* Note the semi-colon! */
		a = b;

On the VAX, this program was silently accepted, and b, c, and d were
assigned 4 bytes apiece.  On an 11, using the Ritchie C compiler, *nothing*
was generated for b, c, and d; pcc, however, behaved the same way it did on
the VAX.

Presumably, we have some sort of bug here, since two different C compilers
are doing very different things.  My take is that both are wrong; that that
construction should be flagged as a syntax error.  But I'm willing to be
convinced that we've stumbled across another strange and wondrous property of
the comma operator.

Enlightenment, anybody?

		--Steve Bellovin

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