Improvements to static analysis in the GCC 14 compiler

I work at Red Hat on GCC, the GNU Compiler Collection. For the last five releases of GCC, I’ve been working on -fanalyzer, a static analysis pass that tries to identify various problems at compile-time, rather than at runtime. It performs “symbolic execution” of C source code—effectively simulating the behavior of the code along the various possible paths of execution through it.

This article summarizes what’s new with -fanalyzer in GCC 14, which I hope will be officially released sometime in April 2024.

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