[llvm-dev] [RFC] Refactor llvm-dwp in to a library.

Alexander Yermolovich via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue Jun 22 17:36:33 PDT 2021

Hello David,

Thank you for elaborating.
When you are talking about compression, is this related to debug info coming in compressed already, or something else?
Regarding MCStremer what would be the alternative? In Bolt it provides a nice level of abstraction for us as we output new updated binary, and write out dwo files, in debug fission case.

In general, the usage model for BOLT is in some ways similar to llvm-dwp, except we don't really deal with compressed debug information. Some sections are pass through, but others get either modified, .debug_info, or complete re-written, .debug_loc. As an example. For llvm-dwp the .debug-str-offset and .debug-str section gets re-written. Although much more data is modified/replaced before being written out in bolt case. So, I am not sure pure in/out performance is as critical for us at the moment.

I took initial step of factoring out llvm-dwp code in to it's own library. To see what it will look like. What I ended up is with few APIs that take in MCStreamer, and all the code for dealing with it is in main function of llvm-dwp.

With all of this said, and Bolt usage model, I think dealing with MCStreamer issue can be deferred to after refactoring to library/adding functionality to BOLT.

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Subject: Re: [RFC] Refactor llvm-dwp in to a library.

On Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 6:28 PM Alexander Yermolovich <ayermolo at fb.com<mailto:ayermolo at fb.com>> wrote:
Hello David

I haven't dug into llvm-dwp performance. What are some of the performance pain points that you know about?

Yeah - using LLVM's higher level abstractions for writing object files (MCStreamer et, al) means that, as far as I recall, all the output ends up buffered in memory before being written out - whereas, ideally, it'd be streamed (memcpy to/from memory mapped files) from input file to output file (potentially through streamed compression/decompression where possible too - another layer of the MCStreamer abstractions that can add cost (though I don't think I implemented support for compressing output in llvm-dwp, though it'd be trivial to add because it's already supported in MCStreamer (but that support does buffer the whole uncompressed and compressed data... ))). Maybe some other things, but that's certainly the top of my list.

- Dave

Thank You
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Subject: [RFC] Refactor llvm-dwp in to a library.


I am working on adding support for bolt (https://github.com/facebookincubator/BOLT/tree/rebased) to write out DWP directly.  I want to re-use as much llvm-dwp functionality as possible.
Plan is to move most of functionality that is now in llvm-dwp in to llvm/lib/DWP, with corresponding header file in llvm/include/llvm/DWP.
In the header files have

For structs that are passed around define in the header also.

Thought I would solicit opinions before I dive too deep into this.

Thank You
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