[PATCH] D18346: ThinLTO: special handling for LinkOnce functions

Mehdi AMINI via llvm-commits llvm-commits at lists.llvm.org
Tue Mar 22 03:06:57 PDT 2016

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These function can be dropped by the compiler if they are no longer
referenced in the current module. However there is a change that
another module is still referencing them because of the import.

Multiple solutions can be used:

- Always import LinkOnce when a caller is imported. This ensure that
  every module with a call to a LinkOnce has the definition and will
  be able to emit it if it emits the call.
- Turn the LinkOnce into Weak, so that it is always emitted.
- Turn all LinkOnce into available_externally and come back after all
  modules are codegen'ed to emit only one copy of the linkonce, when
  there is still a reference to it.

This patch implement the second option, with am optimization that
only *one* module will turn the LinkOnce into Weak, while the others
will turn it into available_externally, so that there is exactly one
copy emitted for the whole compilation.



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