[llvm-dev] sizeof implementation: how to get size as a constantInt?

Eli Friedman via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue Jan 14 11:10:12 PST 2020

I’d recommend just using DataLayout::getTypeAllocSize() directly to get the number you want.  (If you really want to fold your Constant to a ConstantInt, llvm::ConstantFoldConstant should work, but that’s a really convoluted way to do it.)


From: llvm-dev <llvm-dev-bounces at lists.llvm.org> On Behalf Of Yafei Liu via llvm-dev
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Subject: [EXT] [llvm-dev] sizeof implementation: how to get size as a constantInt?

I'm implementing c style "sizeof()", and I did as http://nondot.org/sabre/LLVMNotes/SizeOf-OffsetOf-VariableSizedStructs.txt illuarstrated, and it works find, here's an example of my implementation:
auto *p = builder.CreateGEP(structTy,

  auto *size = builder.CreatePtrToInt(p, llvm::IntegerType::get(context, 64));

and type definitions:
auto *constint1 = llvm::ConstantInt::get(context, llvm::APInt(64, 1));
auto *int64Ty = llvm::IntegerType::get(context, 64);
auto *doubleTy = llvm::Type::getDoubleTy(context);
auto *structTy = llvm::StructType::create(context, "Foo");
structTy->setBody({int64Ty, doubleTy});
auto *pointerTy = llvm::PointerType::get(structTy, 0);

take care that the "size" is a "llvm::Value" type, not a "llvm::constantInt" type, this leads to a problem:  definitions like "int i[sizeof(Foo)]" will fail (please ignore that this definition makes no sense), because in my implementation, sizeof() should get the result on compile time, but the current implementation seems calculate at runtime( or at least an llvm::Value, not an llvm::ConstantInt)

and I noticed this in the tutorial:

Note that in both of these cases, the expression will be evaluated to a

constant at code generation time, so there is no runtime overhead to using this

But how can he cast an llvm::Value to llvm::ConstantInt?
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