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Re: gcc feature request / RFC: extra clobbered regs

On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 2:52 PM, H. Peter Anvin <> wrote:
> On 06/30/2015 02:48 PM, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 2:41 PM, H. Peter Anvin <> wrote:
>>> On 06/30/2015 02:37 PM, Jakub Jelinek wrote:
>>>> I'd say the most natural API for this would be to allow
>>>> f{fixed,call-{used,saved}}-REG in target attribute.
>>> Either that or
>>>         __attribute__((fixed(rbp,rcx),used(rax,rbx),saved(r11)))
>>> ... just to be shorter.  Either way, I would consider this to be
>>> desirable -- I have myself used this to good effect in a past life
>>> (*cough* Transmeta *cough*) -- but not a high priority feature.
>> I think I mean the per-function equivalent of -fcall-used-reg, so
>> hpa's "used" suggestion would do the trick.
>> I guess that clobbering the frame pointer is a non-starter, but five
>> out of six isn't so bad.  It would be nice to error out instead of
>> producing "disastrous results", though, if another bad reg is chosen.
>> (Presumably the PIC register on PIC builds would be an example of
>> that.)
> Clobbering the frame pointer is perfectly fine, as is the PIC register.
>  However, gcc might need to handle them as "fixed" rather than "clobbered".

Hmm.  True, I guess, although I wouldn't necessarily expect gcc to be
able to generate code to call a function like that.


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