[llvm-dev] analyzePhysReg question

Smith, Kevin B via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Dec 3 17:11:47 PST 2015

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>From: Quentin Colombet [mailto:qcolombet at apple.com]
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>To: Smith, Kevin B <kevin.b.smith at intel.com>
>Cc: llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
>Subject: Re: [llvm-dev] analyzePhysReg question
>> On Dec 3, 2015, at 4:35 PM, Smith, Kevin B via llvm-dev <llvm-
>dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
>> I am looking at results from analyzePhysReg, and am getting results a little
>different than I expected for x86.
>> The call to this is coming from this code in
>> 1163          MachineOperandIteratorBase::PhysRegInfo Analysis =
>> 1164            ConstMIOperands(I).analyzePhysReg(Reg, TRI);
>> The instruction I being analyzed is:
>>  %BX<def> = MOV16rm %EDI, 2, %ECX, 0, %noreg;
>> and the Reg being passed in is 21, which is EBX.  The result I get back for
>> Analysis: {Clobbers = true, Defines = true, Reads = false, ReadsOverlap =
>>  DefinesDead = false, Kills = false}
>> It seems based on the comment in the definition of PhysRegInfo.Defines,
>that Defines should only be true if Reg or a super-register of Reg is
>> defined.  BX is not a super-register of EBX, so it seemed like Defines
>should be false here, while Clobbers is correct as true.
>I believe the documentation is wrong here.
>EBX is partly defined, so to me Defines == true is conservatively correct
>My guess, but I haven’t checked the code, is that super-register should be
>understood as any alias of Reg.
>Worth checking.

I agree EBX is partly defined, but I think that is what Clobbers is for.  The interface for isSuperRegister
certainly makes a pretty clear distinction between something being a superRegister and something being an
overlapping register.  What do you think I should be checking to understand the assumptions/expectations better?
>> I wanted to be sure that I wasn't missing something about the interface
>> Thanks,
>> Kevin Smith
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