[LLVMdev] maintaining names for types

Daniel Dunbar daniel at zuster.org
Tue Oct 28 21:16:54 PDT 2008

I run into this problem as well. However, given the way LLVM represents
types and their names, there is not an easy solution to this problem. I
don't know of any real workaround that will not change the semantics of the

 - Daniel

On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 4:42 PM, Scott Graham <scott.llvm at h4ck3r.net> wrote:

> Hi
> I'm working on switching from generating textual .ll files in my front
> end to using the llvm-c IR builder API instead.
> One thing that I really miss is that when I dump() to a .ll file for
> debugging, the type names are worse than useless, because many types
> have been merged with unrelated types that happen to have the same
> shape. This becomes very confusing when trying to map back to the
> original source code's types in large .ll files.
> Can anyone suggest any workarounds for this? The best I came up with
> was appending an arbitrary length vector to all type declarations to
> make them all unique, but then of course the code's wrong.
> thanks,
> scott
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