I really need to write that patch I have been threatening for while
now: make gcc issue a warning when -Werror is used.
The purpose of -Werror seems to make code not compile on machines
that are different from the one of which -Werror was introduced. My
gcc patch would direct the pain where it belongs.
Case in point: gcc’s warnings about potentially uninitialized
variables come and go with different versions, optimization
levels, OS, etc.
Case in point: alignment requirements differ between archs. Thus
warnings about them will too and in an object system like glib’s
we have a _lot_ of casts that can change alignment requirements.
Case in point: my system libraries like to define the same external
funtions [identically] in several different headers. That’s
perfectly valid, but gcc will warn given enough -Wflags.
Case in point: pragmas in system headers. Warnings I can simply
ignore, but -Werror what am I to do? Fix gcc not to warn?
Case in point: signal handlers. You try dealing with them in a
way that does not produce warnings on some arch.