[LLVMdev] -Os

Jim Grosbach grosbach at apple.com
Tue Jul 23 15:59:22 PDT 2013

On Jul 23, 2013, at 3:40 PM, Renato Golin <renato.golin at linaro.org> wrote:

> On 23 July 2013 19:36, Jim Grosbach <grosbach at apple.com> wrote:
> This isn’t just a nitpick. This is exactly why you’re seeing differences. The pass managers aren’t always set up the same, for example.
> FWIW, I feel your pain. This is a long-standing weakness of our infrastructure.
> Jim,
> A while ago I proposed that we annotated the options the front-end passed to the back-end on the IR with named metadata, but it didn't catch on. 
> Would it make sense to have some call-back mechanism while setting back-end flags to keep a tab on what's called and have a dump as metadata, so that you can just write it to the IR file at the end? More or less what we have for functions, currently.
> This would hint llc, lli and others to what flags it must set itself (architecture, optimizations, etc) and would minimize the impact of split compilation. Those tools are free to ignore any option it doesn't recognize, of course, as with any metadata.
> Another way would be to teach llc, lli and others all command line options of all supported front-ends, but that wouldn't be very productive, I think.

Maybe? I’m not sure what a good answer is here. Bob and Bill have both looked at this in more detail than I. What do you guys think?

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