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Re: avoiding recursive calls of calloc due to optimization

On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 2:26 PM, Andrew Pinski <> wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 10:20 AM, Daniel Gutson
> <> wrote:
>> This is derived from
>> Currently, gcc provides an optimization that transforms a call to
>> malloc and a call to memset into a call to calloc.
>> This is fine except when it takes place within the calloc() function
>> implementation itself, causing a recursive call.
>> Two alternatives have been proposed: -fno-malloc-builtin and disable
>> optimizations in calloc().
>> I think the former is suboptimal since it affects all the code just
>> because of the implementation of one function (calloc()),
>> whereas the latter is suboptimal too since it disables the
>> optimizations in the whole function (calloc too).
>> I think of two alternatives: either make -fno-calloc-builtin to
>> disable the optimization, or make the optimization aware of the
>> function context where it is operating and prevent it to do the
>> transformation if the function is calloc().
>> Please help me to find the best alternative so we can implent it.
> Did you try the optimize attribute?

That is the 2nd alternative I mentioned as proposed. And I'm also aware that
the optimize attribute is somehow broken. Anyway, as I mentioned, I'd like to
avoid disabling (all the other) optimizations for calloc's implementation.
(FWIW, setting optimize as function attribute to O1 "fixes" the issue).

> Also you can try the following:
> size_t ns = size*elements;
> If (ns / elements != size)
>   return NULL;
> void *ptr = malloc (ns);
> asm ("":"+r"(ptr));
> memset (ptr, 0, ns);
> Notice I put in a check for overflow in there.

Thanks, it's a nice workaround.

> Thanks,
> Andrew Pinski
>> Thanks,
>>    Daniel.


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