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Re: CFI directives and dynamic stack alignment


On Tue, 2015-08-18 at 09:23 +0930, Alan Modra wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 10:38:22AM -0700, Steve Ellcey wrote:

> OK, then you need to emit a .cfi directive to say the frame top is
> given by the temp hard reg sometime after that assignment and before
> sp is aligned in the prologue, and another .cfi directive when copying
> to the pseudo.  It's a while since I looked at the CFI code in gcc,
> but arranging this might be as simple as setting RTX_FRAME_RELATED_P
> on the insns involved.
> 
> If -fasynchronous-unwind-tables, then you'll also need to track the
> frame in the epilogue.
> 
> > This function (fn2) ends with a call to abort, which is noreturn, so the
> > optimizer sees that the epilogue is dead code and GCC determines that
> > there is no need to save the old stack pointer since it will never get
> > restored.   I guess I need to tell GCC to save the stack pointer in
> > expand_prologue even if it never sees a use for it.  I guess I need to
> > make the temporary register where I save $sp volatile or do something
> > else so that the assignment (and its associated .cfi) is not deleted by
> > the optimizer.
> 
> Ah, I see.  Yes, the temp and pseudo are not really dead if they are
> needed for unwinding.

Yes, I was originally thinking I just had to make the temp and pseudo
regs volatile so that the assignments would not get removed but it
appears that I need the epilogue code too (even if I never get there
because of a call to abort which GCC knows is non-returning) so that I
have the needed .cfi directives there.  I am thinking I should add an
edge from the entry_block to the exit_block so that the exit block is
never removed by the optimizer.  I assume this edge would need to be
abnormal and/or fake but I am not sure which (if either) of these edges
would be appropriate for this.

Steve Ellcey
sellcey@imgtec.com


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