[cfe-dev] Inlining temporary destructors in the analyzer

Manuel Klimek klimek at google.com
Tue Aug 5 10:28:15 PDT 2014

On Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 7:13 PM, Jordan Rose <jordan_rose at apple.com> wrote:

> On Aug 1, 2014, at 4:35 , Manuel Klimek <klimek at google.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 1:02 AM, Jordan Rose <jordan_rose at apple.com> wrote:
>> On Jul 31, 2014, at 12:54 , Manuel Klimek <klimek at google.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 9:51 PM, Jordan Rose <jordan_rose at apple.com>
>> wrote:
>>> On Jul 31, 2014, at 12:46 , Manuel Klimek <klimek at google.com> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 9:36 PM, Jordan Rose <jordan_rose at apple.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> On Jul 31, 2014, at 1:20 , Manuel Klimek <klimek at google.com> wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 5:19 AM, Jordan Rose <jordan_rose at apple.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> On Jul 30, 2014, at 8:14 , Manuel Klimek <klimek at google.com> wrote:
>>>>> Hi Jordan,
>>>>> I made some progress on inlining temporary destructors. My main
>>>>> problem currently is that somehow the initializer values in my constructor
>>>>> get lost if I don't also reference 'this' via some other way.
>>>>> An examples shows that best. Consider:
>>>>> struct A {
>>>>>   A(int* y) : z(y) {}
>>>>>   ~A() { *z = 23; }
>>>>>   int *z;
>>>>> };
>>>>> void f() {
>>>>>   int x = 0;
>>>>>   {(A(&x));}
>>>>> }
>>>>> This leads to a "Dereference of undefined pointer value" warning on *z
>>>>> = 23.
>>>>> Funnily enough this warning goes away (and all values get correctly
>>>>> propagated) if change the constructor to be:
>>>>> A(int* y) : z(y) { (void)this; }
>>>>> Obviously this also works fine if I use a local variable instead of a
>>>>> temporary.
>>>>> Any ideas what might be going wrong here would be greatly appreciated.
>>>>> My guess is that the temporary is an rvalue, and in the analyzer a
>>>>> NonLoc, and that the only reason this even appears to work is because we
>>>>> needed to be able to call *methods* on temporaries and so will create
>>>>> a temporary region for them on demand to serve as the 'this' pointer.
>>>>> However, I don't think we expect that to happen for *constructors,* and
>>>>> so we don't keep the region around after the constructor has finished
>>>>> executing. (That is, when it's just a method being called—and neither the
>>>>> constructor nor destructor are inlined—it doesn't actually matter what you
>>>>> do to the contents of the region, because nothing else can access it.)
>>>> So, funnily enough if I remove this code:
>>>>   if (isTemporaryPRValue(CCE, ThisV))
>>>>   ThisV = state->getSVal(ThisV.castAs<Loc>());
>>>> which puts the temp region into a lazycompoundregion, the memory seems
>>>> to be correctly handled. I have not yet looked what else this breaks though.
>>>> Okay, analyzer design time. :-)
>>>> C++ has a distinction between lvalues and rvalues (actually glvalues
>>>> and prvalues). There are a number of things that go into this distinction,
>>>> but the part the analyzer cares about is that glvalues refer to true
>>>> objects and prvalues do not. (In C++ parlance, "object" refers to anything
>>>> with storage, a type, and lifetime, not just class instances. In the
>>>> analyzer, we call such things "regions".)
>>>> If you were to build a very literal C++ compiler, every glvalue would
>>>> be represented by an address. PRValues*, on the other hand, don't really
>>>> need addresses; they only exist to be used transiently.
>>> I'm not sure how "exists transiently" equals "doesn't need an address".
>>> At least in C++, this seems incorrect (?) for objects.
>>> IMHO it's a problem with the standard, and this extra invention of
>>> "modifiable" seems weird to me.
>>> ** How do you capitalize "prvalue"?*
>>>> The analyzer pretty much always believes the compiler when it comes to
>>>> glvalues vs. prvalues. That means that the value of a glvalue expression is
>>>> *always* a Loc. A prvalue expression, on the other hand, will only be
>>>> a Loc if it's a pointer type*. If you're talking about a struct prvalue,
>>>> what you're really talking about is the bindings in its memory region—it
>>>> has no identity. This is represented by a CompoundVal or LazyCompoundVal.
>>>> This model worked great for C, but it's starting to show strain in C++.
>>>> ** or one of the other types mentioned in Loc::isLocType. But not all
>>>> of those can be expression values.*
>>>> Besides "regular" temporaries, this is also a problem for prvalue
>>>> function arguments. When the analyzer inlines a function, it just blithely
>>>> binds the arguments to the proper VarRegions created for each ParmVarDecl
>>>> in the current stack frame. That doesn't really fly if we're supposed to be
>>>> calling the copy constructor. Worse, the copy constructor call happens
>>>> *outside* of the function call, which means it happens before we've
>>>> even decided whether or not to inline, which means there are no VarRegions
>>>> yet to construct into. We've/I've been putting off dealing with this one
>>>> for a while; we get around it mostly because we *don't inline
>>>> constructors for temporaries.*
>>>> The general temporary problem goes to what Richard was saying: a
>>>> temporary expression is an rvalue, but if we have to run a constructor then
>>>> clearly there *was* a region at some point. The C++11 standard (at
>>>> least the version I have) is not wonderful about classifying temporaries
>>>> ([basic.lval]p1):
>>>> - An *lvalue*...designates a function or an object.
>>>> - An *xvalue* (an “eXpiring” value) also refers to an object, usually
>>>> near the end of its lifetime.
>>>> - A *glvalue* (“generalized” lvalue) is an lvalue or an xvalue.
>>>> - An *rvalue...*is an xvalue, a temporary object (12.2) or subobject
>>>> thereof, or a value that is not associated with an object.
>>>> - A *prvalue* (“pure” rvalue) is an rvalue that is not an xvalue.
>>>> So temporary objects are prvalues. Even though they are modifiable
>>>> (defined later in the same section). Even though with construction and
>>>> destruction they end up needing a fixed region, or at least consistency in
>>>> region contents.
>>>> I don't have a great answer here. My guess is we'll probably end up
>>>> turning on *some* inlining for temporaries to start, but not all.
>>>> Oh, right, so what's that 'isTemporaryPRValue' doing? That's taking the
>>>> few cases where the AST wants a prvalue but the analyzer really needs a
>>>> valid Loc, and conjuring a region on the fly. That's important for things
>>>> that need to have referential identity, like the 'this' pointer in a method
>>>> called on a temporary, or (say) a temporary that's been lifetime-extended.
>>> Since this is right at the end of the constructor call, this always
>>> creates and binds the value if we hit the constructor. See my patch - it
>>> seems to work fine :) What am I missing?
>>> That breaks the invariant that a non-Loc-type prvalue is not a Loc. If
>>> you tried to assign this directly into another struct, you'd effectively be
>>> assigning an address instead of a set of bindings. IIRC there's some code
>>> in the analyzer that tries to handle this case anyway, so it may not break
>>> down immediately, but I'd rather not lose that assumption.
>> I'm confused - isn't that already the case currently? Have you looked at
>> http://reviews.llvm.org/D4740? It's very small, and I don't see where I
>> regress an assumption that's not already violated (if I remove the
>> isTemporaryPRValue section loads of tests break, so I assume changing the
>> layout of a temporary section will make significant changes to the analyzer
>> necessary).
>> Sorry, I meant removing the isTemporaryPRValue thing would break
>> invariants. Enabling inlining doesn't break any existing invariants, but it
>> makes things worse than they currently are. This is the test case I have in
>> mind:
>> struct Test {
>>   bool flag;
>>   ~Test {
>>     if (flag)
>>       clang_analyzer_checkReached(true);
>>   }
>> }
>> void use(Test arg) {
>>  arg.flag = true;
>> }
>> void topLevel() {
>> Test t;
>> use(t);
>> }
>> The call 'test(t)' involves a copy constructor, which the analyzer treats
>> as a temporary construction. Maybe that's the problem—this is really a
>> different sort of construction. In any case, though, who's responsible for
>> destroying 'arg'? I think it has to be the caller, because the callee may
>> not be inlined...but maybe I'm wrong about that. Still, the value of 'this'
>> won't match between construction at the call site and use within the 'use'
>> method.
> That makes sense, but it would seem to me like that needs to be fixed when
> passing a parameter by value - that seems to be incorrectly modeled then.
> I think it'd be fine to model this as a copy constructor (Richard might
> know more), but I think in that case we'd need to call the destructors for
> the temporary outside *and* the destructor for the parameter inside. That
> is, instead of having 2 destructor calls (one for 't' and one for the
> temporary), we'd have three: One for 't', one for the temporary (both with
> flag == false) and one for the parameter, executed inside the function
> (with flag == true).
> On the other hand the more correct thing to do is probably to somehow use
> the memory region of the temporary we hand in for 'arg'. I have no idea
> where in the static analyzer this is handled though - I dug through
> Store.cpp and RegionStore.cpp but couldn't figure out where the copy of the
> regions really happens...
> I think you're looking for CallEvent::getInitialStackFrameContents (and
> its overrides).
> I'd be concerned about modeling *more* constructors/destructors than
> actually exist at runtime—the constructor may have observable side effects.
> According to the standard, construction and destruction properly happens on
> the caller side. So the "best" way to deal with this might be to have the
> parameter regions somehow alias the temporary regions...or maybe for all
> class-typed parameters to be passed by reference.

Yep, I assumed the idea to fix that would be to look at where we copy the
region (currently without invoking the constructor) and instead creating an

> Anyway, *really* I think we should just continue not inlining these
> particular destructors at the moment, which is conservative and probably
> not a dealbreaker.

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "not inlining these particular
destructors". Because if we inline temporary destructors, we will inline
these destructors. I also think inlining is benign from the call site point
of view, because all that currently seems to happen is that we inline the
destructor "as if" we didn't inline the function to which the object was
passed as by-value argument, or am I missing something here?

> Hm, none of that solves the original problem. I guess the choice there is
> to break the assumption that all prvalue sruct values are NonLocs (in which
> case I'd prefer that *none* of them were), or decide that we're okay with
> not being consistent about 'this' between the constructor and the
> destructor and making sure we update the original binding with the results
> of construction. (I'd expect that to already be working, though, so
> printing the graph of ProgramStates ought to help see where the binding in
> your original example is being dropped.)

Oh, my original example now works fine - the only thing I know of that
currently doesn't work (if I combine all my open patches) is the
pass-by-value calls. I have not seen a mismatch between this in constructor
and destructor. (if you look at the patch, what I did was change the scan
method for LazyCompoundValue - it seems to me like it didn't handle a
couple of cases, but tried to do basically the same as scan of MemRegion

> Jordan
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