[LLVMdev] _Znwm is not a builtin

Chandler Carruth chandlerc at google.com
Wed May 15 20:41:26 PDT 2013

On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 9:28 PM, Richard Smith <richard at metafoo.co.uk>wrote:

> On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 7:49 PM, Chandler Carruth <chandlerc at google.com>wrote:
>> On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 8:31 PM, Richard Smith <richard at metafoo.co.uk>wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> LLVM classifies _Znwm as a builtin by default. After some discussion,
>>> the C++ core working group have decreed that that is not correct: calls to
>>> "operator new" *can* be optimized, but only if they come from
>>> new-expressions, and not if they come from explicit calls to ::operator
>>> new. We cannot work around this in the frontend by marking the call as
>>> 'nobuiltin' for two reasons:
>>> 1) The 'nobuiltin' attribute doesn't actually prevent the optimization
>>> (see recent patch on llvmcommits)
>>> 2) We can't block the optimization if the call happens through a
>>> function pointer, unless we also annotate all calls through function
>>> pointers as 'nobuiltin'
>>> How feasible would it be to make the 'builtin-ness' of _Znwm etc be
>>> opt-in rather than opt-out? Is there some other option we could pursue?
>> I think we should just fix this when we build the system which allows
>> optimizing new expressions. Specifically, when we introduce a way to mark
>> new expressions for LLVM to optimize, that's the time to make the
>> builtin-ness of _Znwm opt-in instead of opt-out.
> This 'builtin' attribute would *be* building the system which allows
> optimizing new-expressions.

You hadn't mentioned a 'builtin' attribute! =D Now I understand. Yes, I
definitely think this is the right fundamental design.

> Suggested transition plan:
> 1) add 'builtin' attribute
> 2) make Clang use it
> 3) make _Znwm and friends not be implicitly builtin

This sequence is all I was looking for of course. Thanks for clarifying.

I do wonder whether 'builtin' is the best tool (I think it is, but its
something that I'd love to hear more opinions about from others...

And if we want to keep 'nobuiltin', or just auto-upgrade to invert things?

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