[LLVMdev] ComplexPattern

Chris Lattner clattner at apple.com
Thu Jan 21 11:39:23 PST 2010

On Jan 19, 2010, at 6:57 AM, Greg Chadwick wrote:

> Hi,
> I was wondering if someone could explain precisely what the
> ComplexPattern tablegen class does?

ComplexPattern allows you to define arbitrary c++ code that does  
pattern matching.  This is useful for things like the X86 addressing  
mode matcher, which have lots of special cases.

> Here's the first line of the definition (from TargetSelectionDAG.td)  
> for
> reference:
> class ComplexPattern<ValueType ty, int numops, string fn,
>                      list<SDNode> roots = [],
>                      list<SDNodeProperty> props = [],
>                      list<CPAttribute> attrs = []>
> As far as I can tell it gives the name of a selection function (fn)  
> that
> will be called to match that particular ComplexPattern.  Should that
> function return true that pattern has matched.  The match function can
> also fill in some operands that can be used later on (Number is
> specified by numops), ty presumably specifies the type of node that  
> this
> match can be attempted on.  Is my understanding of this correct?


> The thing I'm still unsure about is roots, what exactly does this do?
> The comment above the definition specifies that 'RootNodes are the  
> list
> of possible root nodes of the sub-dags to match' (RootsNodes is  
> assigned
> to root so they're the same) but I can't make any sense of this.

I don't recall offhand, the best advice is to find an existing target  
that does it and look at what it is accomplishing.


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