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Function declaration escape analysis v2

Posted in Seneca by ehren on April 6, 2010

I don’t want to get too excited until I’ve run this through 4000000 loc but I believe I’ve solved the problem of being unable to process global initializations of const/static global variables. Earlier, I posted a message to the GCC mailing list describing my troubles with varpool. I did receive a helpful response in that there is nothing inherent about const/static declarations that would prevent one from getting at the lhs of their initialization.

Today I experimented with walking as many trees in as many places as I could find without much luck. I then tried compiling this sample code with -Wunused:

int foo() {
  return 0;

typedef struct {
  int (*p) ();
} Table;

static Table t[] = {
  { foo }

As expected, GCC warns about the unused static variable.

Taking a look at toplevel.c It didn’t take too long to find a solution (and this works for const, static, and const static):

Index: gcc/toplev.c
--- gcc/toplev.c  (revision 157978)
+++ gcc/toplev.c  (working copy)
@@ -844,12 +844,26 @@
   return output_something;

+static tree 
+find_funcs_callback(tree *tp, int *walk_subtrees, void *data)
+  tree t = *tp;
+    fprintf(stderr, "address held: %s\n", IDENTIFIER_POINTER(DECL_NAME(t)));
+  return NULL_TREE;
 /* A subroutine of check_global_declarations.  Issue appropriate warnings
    for the global declaration DECL.  */

 check_global_declaration_1 (tree decl)
+  if (DECL_INITIAL(decl))
+    walk_tree(&DECL_INITIAL(decl), find_funcs_callback, NULL, NULL);
   /* Warn about any function declared static but not defined.  We don't
      warn about variables, because many programs have static variables
      that exist only to get some text into the object file.  */

I’ve got to fix up the output to match callgraph‘s serialization but this could be it.


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