[cfe-dev] [RFC] Opt-in vector of bool type

Richard Sandiford via cfe-dev cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org
Fri May 15 07:40:40 PDT 2020

"Keane, Erich via cfe-dev" <cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org> writes:
>> The way i see it you are open to supporting this feature in Clang but there are LLVM bugs for <N x i1> types, which we may hit more often as a result, and then there is this unrelated Clang lvalue bug for attribute((vector_size)).
> I don't take this as a proper summary of my position. I was warning you about the issues in LLVM, however the biggest issue is the fact that a vector of i1s isn't individually addressable.  Unless you have a way to produce an address for each individual element (which we don't, and is why std::vector<bool> uses a proxy return type), I don't think this fits in the type system.

FWIW, I think taking the address of a vector_size element is already
an error in clang.  E.g.

typedef unsigned int vec __attribute__((vector_size(16)));
vec v;
unsigned int *foo(void) { return &v[1]; }


foo.c:3:34: error: address of vector element requested
unsigned int *foo(void) { return &v[1]; }
1 error generated.

GCC does accept this, but like others have said, I think the natural
thing would be to make it an error for bools even if it isn't for
other types.  The set of operations supported by a vector type is
inevitably going to be influenced by the element type.

Definitely agree that the semantics need to be spelled out though. :-)


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