[llvm-dev] Guidelines for pass initialization?

Owen Anderson via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Fri Aug 21 10:27:12 PDT 2015

The macro versions should be preferred, as they reduce static initializaters.

INITIALIZE_PASS is used for a pass that is a leaf in the dependency graph, whereas INITIALIZE_PASS_BEGIN is used for interior nodes.


> On Aug 21, 2015, at 10:15 AM, Philip Reames via llvm-dev <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
> Does anyone know what the guidelines are supposed to be for properly initializing a pass?  Looking around, we seem to have three styles of pass registration in use.
> ...
> static RegisterPass<FooPass> X(...);
> (This is the one encouraged in the docs, but seemingly the least widely used in tree?)
> As far as I can tell, these often appear to work interchangeably. (At least for passes with only "well known" dependencies.)  Can anyone expose a set of guidelines as to when one should use each?
> Philip
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