[llvm-dev] LLVM Weekly - #262, January 7th 2019

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LLVM Weekly - #262, January 7th 2019

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## News and articles from around the web

Student Travel Grant applications for EuroLLVM 2019 are [now

The final deadline for the CfP for the LLVM Performance Workshop at CGO'19 is
[this Wednesday, 9th

The next Zurich LLVM Compiler Social will take place [on Thursday Jan
10th](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2019-January/128894.html). It
features talks on IR extensions for vectorisation, RISC-V vector support in
LLVM, and on a 22nm FDSOI RISC-V vector implementation.

## On the mailing lists

* James Y Knight has [provided an
update](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2019-January/128840.html) on
the LLVM git conversion project. A new conversion has been created at [the
previous URL](https://github.com/llvm-git-prototype). The git trailer format
is now used to specify the SVN revision and there have been changes to branch

* Serge Guelton
that most (hopefully all) Python scripts from llvm, clang, and test-suite
repositories have been updated to work with both Python 2 and Python 3.

* Matthew Davis has
the current state of the RFC and patch to add binary support to llvm-mca.

* Dean Michael Berris has [shared an
RFC](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2019-January/128841.html) on
documentation for the XRay framework.

* Davide Italiano
removing `LLVM_ALWAYS_INLINE` from ADT classes. There seems to be full support
for this so far.

* Clement Courbet
adding an `-memeq-lib-function` flag to allow a user to specify a memeq
function, to be used as a more efficient alternative to memcmp when possible.
Hal Finkel
reasons why function-level or per-callsite attributes may be preferred.

* Petr Hosek [provides some
to how Fuchsia does a full cross-build of an LLVM+Clang toolchain.

* Jonas Devlieghere has [shared an
RFC](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/lldb-dev/2019-January/014530.html) on
capturing calls to LLDB's SB API in order to support the generation of

## LLVM commits

* BasicAA was updated to support arbitrary pointer sizes.

* MemorySanitizer has been ported to the new pass manager.

* The WebAssembly backed gained optimisations for irreducible control flow.
This reduces the size of malloc by 33%.

## Clang commits

* The clangd codebase was clang-formatted.

* A new `objc_externally_retained` attribute was added. This exposes clang's
notion of pseudo-strong variables in ObjC ARC.

## Other project commits

* hwasan was modified to allow the hwasan allocator to deter to the system
allocator. This is necessary on Android as the interposition model means some
libraries may be using the system allocator and others using the hwasan
allocator. [r350427](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL350427).

* libcxx gained the option to build a static libc++ library that exports no
symbols ('hermetic static library').

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