[llvm-commits] [PATCH] Fix overalignment of SmallVector

Chris Lattner clattner at apple.com
Tue Aug 21 15:51:05 PDT 2012

On Aug 21, 2012, at 3:19 PM, Richard Smith <richard at metafoo.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi,
> SmallVector currently always has 16-byte alignment (on x86_64), no matter what type is contained with it, because SmallVectorBase has a long double member.  This causes problems: for instance, ExtractValueInst has 16 byte alignment due to its Indices member (of type SmallVector<unsigned, 4>), but is only allocated with 8 byte alignment.
> The attached patch fixes this by removing the long double union hack from SmallVectorBase. Instead, SmallVector's inline storage is represented as a sequence of  llvm::AlignedCharArrayUnion<T> objects, with the first such object living in SmallVectorTemplateCommon<T> rather than in SmallVectorBase.
> The downside of this is that SmallVector<T> now always requires T to be a complete type. However, it turns out that no code in LLVM or Clang was deliberately depending on SmallVector<T, 0>'s promise that T is not required to be complete. This did however expose a problem: ArrayRef<T> copy-construction was implicitly instantiating SmallVectorTemplateCommon<T> (and std::vector<T>) during overload resolution. To avoid this, I've added a dummy template parameter to SmallVectorTemplateCommon, so now the ArrayRef(SmallVector) constructor will only be considered if the argument is already of type SmallVector (and not merely if it converts to a SmallVector). I've applied the same change to the ArrayRef(std::vector) constructor, where the same problem exists, but our current standard library implementations happen to allow us to get away with it.

LGTM, thanks!


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