[llvm-dev] PIC preferred too strongly, even at CodeModel::Large?

Ramkumar Ramachandra via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Jul 28 18:13:08 PDT 2016


We were just debugging a sporadic crash the other day, when we noticed
that RIP-relative addressing was being used in a JumpTable, even when
code and data were well over 4G apart. This is confusing, because we
picked CodeModel::Large, and expected this to be taken care of. Isn't
that what gcc would do given a Large CodeModel?

The default Relocation Model, Reloc::Default, folds into Reloc::PIC_
in most cases. However, if we explicitly specify Reloc::Static, our
program should work on all platforms except Darwin:

  // If we are on Darwin, disallow static relocation model in X86-64 mode, since
  // the Mach-O file format doesn't support it.
  if (RM == Reloc::Static && TT.isOSDarwin() && is64Bit)
    RM = Reloc::PIC_;

(from X86MCTargetDesc.cpp)

First, is the Mach-O limitation still there? Second, is it okay to
silently fold into Reloc::PIC_ in this case and leave the user with
sporadic crashes? Finally, can we bypass this limitation by simply
appending "-elf" to our Target Triple, forcing ELF generation on all
three platforms?


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