On 25/11/2020 00:32, Miguel Ojeda wrote:
I have said *authoring* lines of *this* kind takes a minute per line. Specifically: lines fixing the fallthrough warning mechanically and repeatedly where the compiler tells you to, and doing so full-time for a month.
It is useful since it makes intent clear.
To make the intent clear, you have to first be certain that you understand the intent; otherwise by adding either a break or a fallthrough to suppress the warning you are just destroying the information that "the intent of this code is unknown". Figuring out the intent of a piece of unfamiliar code takes more than 1 minute; just because case foo: thing; case bar: break; produces identical code to case foo: thing; break; case bar: break; doesn't mean that *either* is correct — maybe the author meant to write case foo: return thing; case bar: break; and by inserting that break you've destroyed the marker that would direct someone who knew what the code was about to look at that point in the code and spot the problem. Thus, you *always* have to look at more than just the immediate mechanical context of the code, to make a proper judgement that yes, this was the intent. If you think that that sort of thing can be done in an *average* time of one minute, then I hope you stay away from code I'm responsible for! One minute would be an optimistic target for code that, as the maintainer, one is already somewhat familiar with. For code that you're seeing for the first time, as is usually the case with the people doing these mechanical fix-a-warning patches, it's completely unrealistic.
A warning is only useful because it makes you *think* about the code. If you suppress the warning without doing that thinking, then you made the warning useless; and if the warning made you think about code that didn't *need* it, then the warning was useless from the start.
So make your mind up: does Clang's stricter -Wimplicit-fallthrough flag up code that needs thought (in which case the fixes take effort both to author and to review) or does it flag up code that can be mindlessly "fixed" (in which case the warning is worthless)? Proponents in this thread seem to be trying to have it both ways.