[LLVMbugs] [Bug 20124] New: EVT instances refer indirectly to a specific LLVMContext

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Wed Jun 25 07:15:58 PDT 2014


            Bug ID: 20124
           Summary: EVT instances refer indirectly to a specific
           Product: libraries
           Version: trunk
          Hardware: PC
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P
         Component: Common Code Generator Code
          Assignee: unassignedbugs at nondot.org
          Reporter: Mathias.Froehlich at web.de
                CC: llvmbugs at cs.uiuc.edu
    Classification: Unclassified

This report is based on a request at llvmdev at

This is about an observation that the EVT's cached and returned from
SDNode::getValueTypeList(EVT VT)
are keyed by the llvm::Type pointer which in turn refer to a LLVMContext.
But that, if you use several LLVMContext instances over the lifetime of
a program, this EVT map seems to accumulate new entries for each new
that is used.
The memory is correctly freed on destruction of managed singletons, but until
then it is kept around. This matches in effect the behavior of a memory leak,
even if being finally freed at the end and by that not being a memory leak in
it's strong sense.

I cannot talk about llvm's internal structure, but given the comments in the
above mentioned mailing list thread this reference chain seems to be unwanted
other reasons also.

Thanks in advance


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