[protoPATCH] "safe" numeric casts with explicit min/max

Stephan Bergmann sbergman at redhat.com
Wed Feb 29 06:25:12 PST 2012

On 02/29/2012 12:13 PM, Lionel Elie Mamane wrote:
> Background: we have in sc/source/filter/inc/ftools.hxx supposedly
> "safe" casts that are (according to the Doxygen documentation)
> supposed to be safer than just static_cast. As fdo#39589 uncovered,
> they are actually so buggy as to be *less* safe.

Are those "saturating" ulimit_cast a good thing, anyway?  Looks like 
they are only used in a handful of sc/source/filter/excel/ files. 
Picking the first occurrence at random,

> return ulimit_cast< sal_uInt16 >( nValueCount, EXC_CHDATAFORMAT_MAXPOINTCOUNT );

from XclExpChSourceLink::ConvertDataSequence (xechart.cxx), where 
nValueCount is a sal_uInt32 quantity -- is it OK to silently truncate 
this quantity here, or does it rather indicate a conversion failure that 
should be reported to the user?

(With "helpful" converters like these, I'm always worried they only 
paper over actual shortcomings in the code.)

> So maybe we could selectively disable the warnings on this file
> instead? Someone knows how to do that with gcc and with MSVC?



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