[LLVMdev] [lld] Modeling ELF FileNodes/ControlNodes (Group's) in lld

Shankar Easwaran shankare at codeaurora.org
Wed Sep 4 21:28:28 PDT 2013

Hi Nick,

These are the below modifications needed in lld to start processing 
groups :-

1) LinkerInput would be moved to FileNode that contains the following 
     -  getBuffer
      - takeBuffer
      - getPath

2) The driver will process the vector of InputElements and call 
/*process */on each of them.
      process() would create a lld::File object within the InputElement 
if its a FileNode
      process() would create a vector of lld::File objects within the 
InputElement if its a ControlNode

3) The resolver will not process each file but it would process 
InputElements and would do the following :-
     3.1 ) if the InputElement corresponds to a fileNode, the resolver 
will call in
             inputElement->processAtoms(*this) and marks the 
InputElement as already processed.
*This would essentially call resolver.processFile(_currentFile)*

      3.2) If the inputElement corresponds to a GroupNode, the resolver 
will call inputElement->processAtom(*this) on
*This* *would essentiall call  
resolver.processGroup(std::vector<Files>), the vector of files is what 
makes it in the current group*

4) InputFiles would be removed
5) LinkerInput would be removed
6) Functions that are unused forEachInitialAtom etc


*This will essentially break the Darwin model thats in lld, as the 
current functionalities processes all the object files and only then 
archive files.

Can we control by using a resolution policy ? which is a set of boolean 
flags to control the resolution behavior ? Do you have any other approach ?


1) There might be other types of control nodes, what would we need to 
do, can the resolver be controlled by each flavor ?


Shankar Easwaran

On 9/4/2013 5:50 PM, Nick Kledzik wrote:
> On Sep 4, 2013, at 2:32 PM, Shankar Easwaran <shankare at codeaurora.org> wrote:
>> On 9/4/2013 4:04 PM, Nick Kledzik wrote:
>>> I do think we have too many classes.
>> Agree.
>>>   I thought InputGraph was going to replace InputFiles.
>> Interesting idea.
>>>   It seems link LinkerInput could be merged into FileNode.
>> Agree.
>>> Originally InputFiles was the abstract interface that he Resolver used to see all the inputs.  If InputGraph supported the methods  forEachInitalAtom() and searchLibraries() then we could get rid of InputFiles and have the Resolver uses InputGraph directly.
>> Yes, this would be nice. I will try to write a proposal in the next few days.
>>> What should the interface be that the Resolver uses for handling groups?
>> bool resolveUndefines(std::vector<File> &files) ?
>> This has to iterate over the files until it reaches a stable point (that no more resolution is possible).
> It is a little more complicated.  After initial .o files are processed, there are a bunch of undefines left.  The resolver needs to start loading archive members that fulfill those undefines, but loading a member can introduce even more undefines, so it has to iterate.
> I think the existing searchLibraries(StringRef name, bool options..) interface almost works for InputGraph.  To support groups we just need to keep track of where in the InputGraph we currently are, so that searchLibraries() can spin in a group until no more undefs are fulfilled, then move on in the graph.
> -Nick
>>> On Sep 4, 2013, at 1:42 PM, Shankar Easwaran <shankare at codeaurora.org> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> With the inputGraph now, lld models command line options, input files as nodes in the InputGraph called InputElements.
>>>> In the current approach, each InputElement is converted to a LinkerInput, which works if all lld deals with individual files.
>>>> Dealing with ControlNodes (Groups), have a problem with it, on how to model that as a LinkerInput.
>>>> Joerg/Me were chatting on the IRC about this and we came up with the following approach.
>>>> - LinkerInput will contain a single file(lld::File), if the node that its pointing to appears to be a FileNode
>>>> - LinkerInput will contain a vector(lld::Group) of files(lld::Files) , if the node that its pointing appears to be a Group
>>>> The resolver would need to be modified to consider lld::Groups in addition to lld::File.
>>>> Does this sound like the approach we want to take ?
>>>> Thanks
>>>> Shankar Easwaran
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