VS2012 - Incorrect code generation - by ludde_

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ID 786097 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 1
Opened 5/2/2013 4:14:10 AM
Access Restriction Public


Incorrect code is generated for certain branchless operations with the 'char' type.
In this case: 
bb |= (bb >= 'A' && bb <= 'Z') ? 32 : 0;

The compiler generates:
mov         eax,19h  
cmp         ah,al       <-- wtf is this, eax is a constant!?
sbb         eax,eax 
and         ecx,0FFFFFFE0h  
add         ecx,20h  
or          cl,dl  

which is clearly broken.
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Posted by Microsoft on 5/7/2013 at 9:15 AM
Hi, thanks for the report. This is a bug in the compiler optimizer. This will be fixed in a future release.

If you need a source code workaround you can disable optimizations around the function you showed has the bad codegen.
#pragma optimize("", off)
static bool Equals(const char *a, const char *b) {
#pragma optimize("", on)

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Eric Brumer - Microsoft Visual C++
Posted by Microsoft on 5/2/2013 at 10:00 PM
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Posted by Microsoft on 5/2/2013 at 4:50 AM
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