[llvm-dev] Need help: How to turn off the constant folding optimization in llvm

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Tue Jan 22 13:15:18 PST 2019

Usually when someone talks about "constant folding optimization" they mean an LLVM pass that operates on the IR to combine constants in operations that had been expressed as instructions in the IR.
I think what you are looking at is a constant-expression evaluation that is done before any IR is generated; in effect, it is being performed by the parser, not the optimizer.  I'm not aware of a command-line option to turn this off, although there might be one.
If you just want to look at simple examples of IR, you could do this instead:
    int y = 2;
    y *= 4;
and this will produce a 'mul' instruction.

From: llvm-dev [mailto:llvm-dev-bounces at lists.llvm.org] On Behalf Of Md. Syadus Sefat via llvm-dev
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2019 7:30 PM
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Subject: [llvm-dev] Need help: How to turn off the constant folding optimization in llvm

Hi, I am new to clang and llvm. I'm trying to generate an unoptimized version of bit code from a c source code. I found that the generated bit code is having the constant folding optimization which I don't want.
I'm using this command: clang -O0 -Xclang -disable-O0-optnone test1.c -S -emit-llvm -o test1.ll

The test1.c file has the following code:
int test(){
int y;
y = 2 * 4;
return y;

The content of the test1.ll file:
Instead of generating an instruction for multiplying 2 and 4, it is directly storing the value 8 by doing the constant folding operation.
store i32 8, i32* %1, align 4

It would be really nice if someone kindly let me know what I am missing and how should I turn off the constant folding optimization.

Thank you.

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