I am working on a ~40 years old Fortran spaghetti code with lots of variables that are implicitly declared. So there is not a simple way to even know what variables exist in the code in order to initialize their values. Now, is there a way to tell the compiler (for example Intel Fortran) to initialize all variables in the code to a specific default value (e.g., -999) other than zero or a very large number, as provided by Intel compiler?
gfortran provides some options for this. Integers can be intialized with
n is an integer. For real numbers you can use
-finit-real=<zero|inf|-inf|nan|snan>. Together with
-ffpe-trap=denormal this can be very helpful, to get uninitialized reals.
You probably want :
ifort -check uninit
Note per the man page this only checks scalars
Also, based on some quick testing it is a pretty weak check. It doesn't catch this simple thing for example:
program test call f(i) end subroutine f(j) write(*,*)j end
I suppose its better than nothing though.