[webkit-dev] maybe_unused vs UNUSED_PARAM

Chris Dumez cdumez at apple.com
Wed Jan 24 09:49:25 PST 2024


Thanks for starting this discussion.

I personally think it would be nice for us to switch to [[maybe_unused]] since it is now part of the language and it seems to fit our needs. However, I do think we should be consistent and stop using UNUSED_PARAM() / ASSERT_UNUSED() in new code entirely then.

So if we decide to switch, I think should add style checks to prevent using UNUSED_PARAM() / ASSERT_UNUSED() and recommend using [[maybe_unused]] instead. Eventually, we should try to phase out existing usage of these macros so that we can remove them entirely.


> On Jan 24, 2024, at 9:34 AM, Alex Christensen via webkit-dev <webkit-dev at lists.webkit.org> wrote:
> For many years we have used the UNUSED_PARAM macros, and we have almost 3000 of them.  C++17 introduced [[maybe_unused]] for this purpose, and a few uses of it are starting to pop up in WebKit.  Should we switch, should we transition, should we allow both, or should we just stick with UNUSED_PARAM?
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