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2024-05-06


2763. Ignorability of [[noreturn]] during constant evaluation

Section: 7.7  [expr.const]     Status: DRWP     Submitter: Jiang An     Date: 2023-07-10

[Accepted as a DR at the November, 2023 meeting.]

Subclause 9.12.10 [dcl.attr.noreturn] paragraph 2 specifies:

If a function f is called where f was previously declared with the noreturn attribute and f eventually returns, the behavior is undefined.

Undefineed behavior is, in general, detected during constant evaluation, thus requiring an implementation to actually support the noreturn attribute, such as in the following example:

  [[noreturn]] constexpr void f() {}
  constexpr int x = (f(), 0);

It might be desirable to treat the assume and noreturn attributes alike in that regard.

Proposed resolution (approved by CWG 2023-07-14) [SUPERSEDED]:

Split into a separate paragraph and change 7.7 [expr.const] paragraph 5 as follows:

It is unspecified whether E is a core constant expression if E satisfies the constraints of a core constant expression, but evaluation of E would evaluate

CWG 2023-07-14

As an alternative, all of 9.12 [dcl.attr] could be added to the "library undefined behavior" bullet. However, CWG felt that a case-by-case consideration is warranted, given that assumptions set precedent in requiring special treatment.

Possible resolution (reviewed by CWG 2023-08-25) [SUPERSEDED]:

Split into a separate paragraph and change 7.7 [expr.const] paragraph 5 as follows:

It is unspecified whether E is a core constant expression if E satisfies the constraints of a core constant expression, but evaluation of E would evaluate

Proposed resolution (approved by CWG 2023-11-09):

Split into a separate paragraph and change 7.7 [expr.const] paragraph 5 as follows:

It is unspecified whether E is a core constant expression if E satisfies the constraints of a core constant expression, but evaluation of E would evaluate