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Re: combination of read/write and earlyclobber constraint modifier

On Tue, 1 Jul 2014, Tom de Vries wrote:

On 01-07-14 21:58, Marc Glisse wrote:
So my question is: is the combination of '&' and '+' supported ? If so,
what is the exact semantics ? If not, should we warn or give an error ?
I don't think we can define any reasonable semantics for &+.  My
recommendation would be for this to be considered a hard error.

Uh? The doc explicitly says "An input operand can be tied to an earlyclobber operand" and goes on to explain why that is useful. It avoids using the same
register for other input when they are identical.

Hi Marc,

That part of the doc refers to the mulsi3 insn for ARM as example:
;; Use `&' and then `0' to prevent the operands 0 and 1 being the same
(define_insn "*arm_mulsi3"
 [(set (match_operand:SI          0 "s_register_operand" "=&r,&r")
       (mult:SI (match_operand:SI 2 "s_register_operand" "r,r")
                (match_operand:SI 1 "s_register_operand" "%0,r")))]
 "TARGET_32BIT && !arm_arch6"
 "mul%?\\t%0, %2, %1"
 [(set_attr "type" "mul")
  (set_attr "predicable" "yes")]

Note that there's no combination of & and + here.

I think it could have used (match_dup 0) instead of operand 1, if there had been only the first alternative. And then the constraint would have been +&.

AFAIU, the 'tie' established here is from input operand 1 to an earlyclobber output operand 0 using the '0' matching constraint.

Having said that, I don't understand the comment, AFAIU it should be: 'Use '0' to make sure operands 0 and 1 are the same, and use '&' to make sure operands 0 and 2 are not the same.

Well, yeah, the comment doesn't seem completely in sync with the code.

In the first example you gave, looking at the pattern (no match_dup, setting the full register), it seems that it may have wanted "=&" instead of "+&".

(by the way, in the same file, I noticed some define_expand with constraints, that looks strange)

Marc Glisse

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