A valid function with no return type?

Max Haughton maxhaton at gmail.com
Thu Sep 24 21:42:53 UTC 2020

On Thursday, 24 September 2020 at 21:31:27 UTC, Adam D. Ruppe 
> On Thursday, 24 September 2020 at 21:26:30 UTC, Max Haughton 
> wrote:
>> Assuming this is supposed to be allowed by the standard,
> Yes, this is expected.
> So the `auto` keyword in D is actually a do-nothing 
> placeholder. It just indicates to the grammar that a 
> declaration is coming. Any other keyword that is only valid in 
> declarations does the same job and then implies `auto`.
> In local variables it is often common to see like
> const a = 5;
> And in function declarations, a variety of things triggers the 
> same thing including pure, ref, @safe, or even user-defined 
> attributes. Just enough to tell the compiler a function is 
> coming, then it assumes `auto` return until it sees a concrete 
> type instead.
>> replacing void with ref (i.e. ref main { ) does not compile 
>> which suggests something isn't right.
> main is special, it must have a specific signature to be 
> registered.

Main will still compile if you indirect the return type through a 
template i.e. YourFavouriteMixin!"int" main(), whereas it doesn't 
get inferred at all for ref main (ref int main() {} gets through 
to regular sema)

Even if this behaviour is OK in the standard it still gives me 
the heebie-jeebies.

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