[lldb-dev] hashing pointers to strings

Jim Ingham via lldb-dev lldb-dev at lists.llvm.org
Fri Feb 9 18:25:39 PST 2018

A quick glance indicates that this is all dead code.  I can't see anything that actually instantiates either of the pubnames classes.

The DWARF pubnames tables were a previous attempt at producing DWARF indexes, but they didn't contain enough information to actually forstall deep dives into the DWARF, so they weren't actually useful.  clang doesn't emit them on macOS for sure, does it emit them on linux?  They are superseded by the new DWARF 5 accelerator tables, and I couldn't find any reference to pubnames in the DWARF 5 draft standard.

We should check with Greg about this, but I don't think we're ever likely to get any use out of DWARF pubnames tables.  We should just delete this code.


> On Feb 9, 2018, at 4:35 PM, Adrian McCarthy via lldb-dev <lldb-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
> DWARFDebugPubnamesSet.h has a type definition like this:
>   typedef std::unordered_multimap<const char *, uint32_t,
>                                   std::hash<const char *>,
>                                   CStringEqualBinaryPredicate>
>       cstr_to_index_mmap;
> In particular, note that the hasher will hash the pointer rather than the string it points to.
> It looks like this mostly works because the map is built once from string pointers that don't appear to be changed during the lifetime of the multimap.  That's fragile, and I'm not sure it's really working in all cases.  For example, there could be two different pointers to identical strings--since this is a multimap rather than a map, I assume we'd want those values merged under the same key, but since the pointers are distinct, they won't be.
> I'd like to change the key to a std::string or a StringRef for correctness and robustness, but that'll likely be a tad slower because hashing variable-length strings is more work than hashing fixed-length pointers.  (I don't think it'll change comparisons much, since the comparator is checking the strings.)
> Objections or better suggestions?
> It's also hard for me to test, as most of the LLDB DWARF tests are still broken on Windows because the inferiors are generated with CodeView rather than DWARF.  I'm working on that, but it'll take changes to the lld-link driver.
> Adrian.
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