[llvm-commits] jit failures due to attributes changes

Chris Lattner clattner at apple.com
Sun Nov 25 09:28:34 PST 2007

On Nov 25, 2007, at 4:48 AM, Duncan Sands wrote:
>> I think that getOrInsertFunction should just return the function (not
>> a bitcast) if the function type other than the attributes are the  
>> same.
> once PR1146 is done, what should happen here?  Suppose the new  
> function
> and the old differ in some essential attribute (eg: byval).  It won't
> be possible to bitcast the old function to the new function anymore
> because the attributes will no longer be part of the type...

I think everything will be fine.  Consider what happens today:  If you  
use getOrInsertFunction(..) then make a call to it, one of two things  

1. the callee doesn't exist or does and matches your expectation.   
Everything is cool.

2. The callee exists and doesn't match your expectation (e.g. takes  
too many, two few, or wrong arguments).  In this case, we return a  
bitcast of the function so that the callee can create the call without  
aborting, but the generated code is quite likely to not work right.

I think that mismatched/unexpected attributes are just another case of  

In practice however, getOrInsertFunction is only used for very simple  
"c" functions, so I don't think that byval etc will come up very often.


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