[llvm-dev] Restrict global constructors to base ISA

Friedman, Eli via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Wed Dec 5 12:24:08 PST 2018

On 12/5/2018 3:28 AM, Jeffrey Walton wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 2:30 PM Friedman, Eli <efriedma at codeaurora.org> wrote:
>> ...
>>> How do we tell Clang to use the base ISA for global constructors?
>> There isn't any way to specifically restrict the ISA for global
>> constructors/inline functions/etc.  The inverse works, though: you can
>> specify the base ISA for the whole file, then mark specific functions
>> using __attribute__((target("avx2"))).
> It looks like this is becoming more of a problem as CPU advance and
> folks try to add multiple implementations.
> https://stackoverflow.com/a/24136523/608639 .
> The problem with attributes is, it is too new. They did not appear
> until GCC 5 for x86_64, and GCC 6 for ARM. They also seem to be
> missing for some platforms, like MIPS and PowerPC. We support back to
> GCC 3 and Visual Studio 2002 for our sources so we need something more
> more available.

Besides the target attribute, there are basically only two possibilities:

1. Modify the source code so the file in question doesn't have any 
global constructors/functions with weak linkage/etc.. (The simplest way 
to ensure you aren't using any problematic constructs is to use C 
instead of C++.)

2. Put the code into a separate library and dynamically load it with 


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