(j3.2006) MOVE_ALLOC

Robert Corbett robert.corbett
Mon Nov 9 05:30:14 EST 2015

On 11/03/15 13:44, Van Snyder wrote:
> On the other hand, suppose X is allocatable and allocated, and one
> executes
>    call move_alloc ( X, X )
> 13.7.118p6 (in 10-007r2) says X (FROM) has become deallocated.  But
> 13.7.118p4 says X (TO) has become allocated.  The TO argument
> description says it's INTENT(OUT), so the first thing that happens is to
> deallocate X.  But 13.7.118p4 says that TO (X) becomes allocated if FROM
> (X) is allocated "on entry."  Is "on entry" before or after INTENT(OUT)
> deallocates it?  Is X allocated or deallocated after the call?  If
> allocated, was its allocation status "affected?"
> Do we need to add a caveat about FROM and TO being different entities?
> Does this need an interp?

I have a program that uses MOVE_ALLOC to swap two allocations in an array.
The code sequence is similar to


where COMP is an allocatable component.  The code does not check if I and
J are equal, and they can be.  The effect of the code is well defined
under the current definition of MOVE_ALLOC, because the FROM argument of
the second call is unallocated if the arguments are the same.  Requiring
the arguments of MOVE_ALLOC to be different entities would cause this code
to cease to be standard conforming.

I doubt that this is the only program that uses MOVE_ALLOC to swap two
allocations without checking if the allocatable entities being swapped
are the same.

Robert Corbett

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