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Re: [PATCH] Allow -pg without frame pointer on x86

On Sun, Oct 12, 2008 at 6:06 AM, Andi Kleen <> wrote:
> There are some plans to use -pg/mcount tracing even in production
> versions of the Linux kernel. That is there is a special tracer
> which is able to nop out the calls when not needed. Unfortunately
> right now enabling -pg always requires enabling the frame pointer
> too, which has measurable cost in macro benchmarks.
> This patch allows to use -pg without frame pointer on x86. The only
> change that is needed it is to always call mcount before
> setting up the local stack frame instead of after. This way the tracer
> can always find the return address of the function directly above
> its own.  Luckily gcc supported this already, it was just
> an #ifdef for some targets. I turned it into a target vector
> entry instead.
> Also the tracer function has to get the caller information from the
> stack now instead of through the frame pointer. To avoid incompatibility
> I use a new entry point "mcount_nofp" in this case.
> Unfortunately this change is incompatible (previously frame pointer
> was always forced on functions with mcount calls and also old
> glibcs don't have mcount_nofp), so I added a new option
> -mcount-nofp to enable this behaviour.
> I also got a glibc patch to add mcount_nofp support there.
> I know the patch is very late in the development cycle, but
> perhaps it could be still considered? By default it doesn't
> change any behaviour.
> Patch passes bootstrap and test suite (including its own test case)

Please move the testcase to instead.  The patch looks ok, but
how is your copyright assignment paperwork going?


> -Andi
> 2008-10-05  Andi Kleen  <>
>        * target.c (struct gcc_target): Add profile_before_prologue.
>        * target-def.h (TARGET_FUNCTION_RROFILE): Add.
>        * final.c: (final_start_function): Check target vector instead
>        (profile_after_prologue): dito.
>        * gcc.c: (TARGET_PG_OPTION_SPEC): Add.
>        (cc1_options): Move pg into TARGET_PG_OPTION_SPEC.
>        * config/i386/i386.h (TARGET_PG_OPTION_SPEC): Add.
>        * config/i386/i386.c (override_options): Add check for
>        -pg && no frame pointer.
>        (x86_function_profiler): Emit _nofp mcount prefix when needed.
>        (ix86_frame_pointer_required): Add check for x86_mcount_nofp.
>        * config/i386/i386.opt: Add -mmcount-nofp
>        * gcc/doc/invoke.texi: Document -mmcount-nofp
>        * gcc/gcc/testsuite/gcc.dg/tfp.c: Add.

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