helpers: Move static_assert definition to shared

Collect the fallback definitions of static_assert() from desktop-shell
and the test shell, and move them to helpers.h. This allows code
throughout the tree to use static_assert() for build-time assertions,
where it is supported by the compiler.

As GCC goes out of its way to only add static_assert() when C11 has been
explicitly requested - which we don't do - make sure to use the more
widely available _Static_assert() if that is provided.

This will be used in future patches to ensure two array lengths don't go
out of sync.

Signed-off-by: Daniel Stone <>
Reviewed-by: Pekka Paalanen <>
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