[LLVMdev] C embedded extensions and LLVM

Christopher Lamb christopher.lamb at gmail.com
Sat Nov 24 19:47:58 PST 2007

On Nov 21, 2007, at 6:22 PM, Chris Lattner wrote:

> On Wed, 21 Nov 2007, Christopher Lamb wrote:
>>>  Unlike alignment and volatility, I think that the address space  
>>> qualifier
>>>  should be represented explicitly in the type system.  The reason  
>>> for this
>> I've come across a hitch. Store instructions do not reference the  
>> pointer
>> type in the .bc format, only the stored type. The .bc reader  
>> constructs the
>> pointer type from the stored value's type. This means that the  
>> address space
>> information doesn't come along for the ride.
> Ah, that is annoying. :(
>> I see three solutions:
>> 1) Change how stores are written/read in .bc to store the pointer  
>> type rather
>> than the stored type. This is the most straight forward, but I  
>> think it also
>> breaks .bc compatibility in a way that's impossible to work  
>> around. There's
>> no way to differentiate the new and old forms.
> I strongly prefer this approach.  Implementing this without  
> breaking old
> .bc files is actually pretty simple.  Just add a new
> "FUNC_CODE_INST_STORE2" record, and define it however you want (with a
> new, previously unused, ID #).
> The reader should read both FUNC_CODE_INST_STORE (which can't involved
> addr spaces) and FUNC_CODE_INST_STORE2 (which can).  The .bc writer  
> can
> switch to unconditionally writing out stores in FUNC_CODE_INST_STORE2
> format.
> Please add a generous block comment to
> llvm/include/llvm/Bitcode/LLVMBitCodes.h above the new enum explaining
> what the difference is though. :)

Should I take the same approach to the encoding of pointer types in  
the pointer table?

Christopher Lamb

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