[fpc-devel] mising ansi string ref increase

Jonas Maebe jonas.maebe at elis.ugent.be
Thu Jul 22 12:18:57 CEST 2010

On 22 Jul 2010, at 12:06, Martin wrote:

> On 22/07/2010 09:57, Sergei Gorelkin wrote:
>> This is by design. 'const' modifier on ansistring and other 'managed' type arguments instucts the compiler to omit refcount changes, yielding a faster code. At the same time it prohibits direct modification to the argument, but nothing can be done if you modify another location that aliases the argument.
>> If you need proper refcounting, you should pass the argument by value (i.e. without 'const' modifier).
> So, no need to report as bug then?

Indeed, Sergei is correct. In a language like Pascal, there is no way for the compiler to ensure that the constness of parameters is completely observed. It's more like a hint of the programmer to the code generator ("the values passed to this parameter will not changed, so you can optimize however you like based on that assumption") than a semantic condition for the compiler to guarantee ("make sure that I do not change values passed to this parameter in any way").


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