[llvm-bugs] [Bug 51485] New: Unnecesary use of incorrect cast in InstructionCombining is causing assertion failure

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            Bug ID: 51485
           Summary: Unnecesary use of incorrect cast in
                    InstructionCombining is causing assertion failure
           Product: libraries
           Version: trunk
          Hardware: PC
                OS: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P
         Component: Scalar Optimizations
          Assignee: unassignedbugs at nondot.org
          Reporter: pawel.osmialowski at foss.arm.com
                CC: llvm-bugs at lists.llvm.org

Although this is the same assertion as in #46596, it is not caused by the same

The affected code in llvm/lib/Transforms/InstCombine/InstructionCombining.cpp
does a cast to GetElementPtrInst in order to have an
ability to call setIsInBounds() method. Unfortunately, the Value*
pointer returned by the CreateGEP() method does not pass the
isa<GetElementPtrInst> test checked by the assertion in the cast method. When
using the compiler built with assertions enabled, it causes the following
assertion failing (while running LTO compilation mode):

ld: llvm/include/llvm/Support/Casting.h:276: typename llvm::cast_retty<X,
Y*>::ret_type llvm::cast(Y*) [with X = llvm::GetElementPtrInst; Y =
llvm::Value; typename llvm::cast_retty<X, Y*>::ret_type =
llvm::GetElementPtrInst*]: Assertion `isa<X>(Val) && "cast<Ty>() argument of
incompatible type!"' failed.
PLEASE submit a bug report to https://bugs.llvm.org/ and include the crash
Stack dump:
0.      Running pass 'Function Pass Manager' on module 'ld-temp.o'.
1.      Running pass 'Combine redundant instructions'

Note that this issue is not easy to reproduce and might have stayed
like that for a very long time. The only reason it has revealed itself
was due to our recent works on LTO compilation mode during which we
have tried the compiler with the assertions enabled. The problem
manifested itself eventually when we tried to build a bulky benchmark which is
significant in size.

Turns out that the cast which results in the assertion failure can be easily
avoided as such:

--- a/llvm/lib/Transforms/InstCombine/InstructionCombining.cpp
+++ b/llvm/lib/Transforms/InstCombine/InstructionCombining.cpp
@@ -2198,9 +2198,9 @@ Instruction
*InstCombinerImpl::visitGetElementPtrInst(GetElementPtrInst &GEP) {
             // -- have to recreate %src & %gep
             // put NewSrc at same location as %src
-            auto *NewSrc = cast<GetElementPtrInst>(
-                Builder.CreateGEP(GEPEltType, SO0, GO1, Src->getName()));
-            NewSrc->setIsInBounds(Src->isInBounds());
+            auto *NewSrc = Src->isInBounds() ?
+              Builder.CreateInBoundsGEP(GEPEltType, SO0, GO1, Src->getName())
+              Builder.CreateGEP(GEPEltType, SO0, GO1, Src->getName());
             auto *NewGEP = GetElementPtrInst::Create(GEPEltType, NewSrc,
             return NewGEP;

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