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Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:22:01 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: Left-shift of negative number

On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 05:28:58PM -0400, Rich Felker wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 06:28:00PM +0000, Loïc Runarvot wrote:
> > 
> > According to the C11 standard, doing a left-shift on a negative
> > integer is considered as an undefined behavior (6.5.7:4).
> > 
> > This undefined behavior occurs in files src/multibyte/internal.c and
> > src/multibyte/internal.h. At line 21 in the header
> > (,
> > the implementation of the macro-definition R allow to have a
> > negative value on the expression ((a == 0x80) ? 0x40-b : -a) << 23.
> > 
> > In fact, in the source file, at the line 11
> > (
> > During the application of the macro-definition R(0x90, 0xc0), we
> > have a != 0x90, so it's try to do (-0x90) << 23, which is an
> > undefined behavior.
> Thank you. Reporting of such issues is very welcome, as it is the
> intent in musl to avoid undefined behavior regardless of whether it's
> believed to cause problems with current compilers. The cleanest
> solution is probably to use unsigned arithmetic here (e.g. replace -a
> with 0u-a or -(unsigned)a) but I'd like to look at the code in more
> detail again and check all of the consequences before committing to a
> particular approach to fixing it.

This looks like the best approach, and the macro is only used in
initializers so it was easy to confirm that the object file is not
changed. I also considered replacing <<23 with *(1<<23), which is a
standard idiom I'd like to promote for working around the standard's
failure to define left-shift of negative numbers properly, but
ensuring that the multiplication doesn't overflow is non-trivial
without re-examining the logic, so I'd rather just work with unsigned

I've gone ahead and made the change as commit
fe7582f4f92152ab60e9523bf146fe28ceae51f6. If anything looks wrong,
please let me know. Thanks again for the bug report.


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