[llvm-dev] [ThinLTO] Making ThinLTO functions not fail hasExactDefinition (specifically preventing it from being derefined)

Sanjoy Das via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue Jul 11 14:54:49 PDT 2017

Hi Charles,

On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 12:27 PM, Davide Italiano <davide at freebsd.org> wrote:
>> I'm working on adding interprocedural FunctionAttrs optimization
>> (http://llvm-cs.pcc.me.uk/lib/Transforms/IPO/FunctionAttrs.cpp) to ThinLTO
>> so it does something similar to what LTO is doing
>> (https://bugs.llvm.org/show_bug.cgi?id=33648). I've hit a problem with how
>> the FunctionAttrs optimization expects linkage types.
>> In ThinLTO since the linkage type is set to External or AvailableExternally

FunctionAttrs should still kick in for external linkage, can you post
an IR sample of where that's not happening (since that's a bug IIUC)?

As far as available_externally is concerned, preventing FunctionAttrs
on them is by design and I'm not sure if there is anything in ThinLTO
to fix that (assuming that the functions are, in fact,

There is some background information on this issue at

-- Sanjoy

>> it is unable to apply any of the functionattr optimizations that LTO can
>> (since LTO is able to convert everything to Internal). This is a problem
>> because every functionattr optimization expects an exact definition by
>> calling hasExactDefinition
>> (http://llvm-cs.pcc.me.uk/include/llvm/IR/GlobalValue.h#387) which doesn't
>> want a derefined function (mayBeDerefined
>> http://llvm-cs.pcc.me.uk/include/llvm/IR/GlobalValue.h#119). According to
>> the current definition, an AvailableExternally function could be derefined
>> so hasExactDefinition fails.
>> Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a function with
>> External/AvailableExternally linkage type have an exact definition?
> + Sanjoy, who did all the derefinement work originally.
> --
> Davide

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