[llvm-dev] Backward compatibility of LLVM IR - ll/bc files

Ehud Katz via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Mon Apr 27 00:51:32 PDT 2020

I admit I didn't know about that, but that is because I am handling a lot
of *old* bugs, older than LLVM version 3.0.
Version 3.0 has been released in Dec 1st 2011, and there are still many
bugs open from before that point.

The current BC Reader can't parse files produced by LLVM version 2.9 and
below (I've checked).
So, I wonder if there is anyone in favor, against (, or just doesn't care)
for supporting those versions?

On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 8:18 AM Craig Topper <craig.topper at gmail.com> wrote:

> I thought the binary bitcode reader was backwards compatible already.
> That's what is documented here
> https://llvm.org/docs/DeveloperPolicy.html#ir-backwards-compatibility
> ~Craig
> On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 9:29 PM Ehud Katz via llvm-dev <
> llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
>> Quite often I get to work on an old bug, where an old ll/bc file is
>> attached as a testcase. These files, in most cases (if not all), need to be
>> converted somehow to the latest format, for the trunk version to be able to
>> parse it without an error.
>> So a few questions arise:
>> 1. Is there a standard way to convert an old ll/bc to the latest? If not,
>> what is the common approach for these cases?
>> 2. If there is no such tool, should we have one? (I think we should, of
>> course.)
>> 3. What about automatically let the ll and bc Readers do the conversion
>> (internally)?
>> 4. What about versions? Is there an RFC (probably old) for ll/bc file
>> versioning? (I know there is an optional record for version in the bc file
>> format, but it is not really utilized.)
>> Cheers,
>> Ehud.
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