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Re: Proposed doc update for Explicit Reg Vars 2/3



- Eventually the compiler may work differently than it does now.
That is helpful. It's a way signaling that things may change and that depending on the precise syntax and semantics may be unwise.

From time to time, particularly with GCC extensions, it has been necessary to declare certain usage as invalid or to change the implementation is significantly visible ways.

We never like doing that, but it is sometimes unavoidable. As a general rule, the more an extension exposes how GCC works internally, the more likely it has been to need significant changes over time. (asms being the easiest example to cite).

So please consider keeping something which signals the semantics might change.

The quote in question is:

Eventually there may be a way of asking the compiler to choose a register automatically, but first we need to figure out how it should choose and how to enable you to guide the choice. No solution is evident.

I struggle (and fail) to find anything in this text worth keeping.

So for the example, "a5" is a particularly bad choice these days on the m68k as it's the PIC register. It may be advisable to just use r<N> for some value of N and try to be processor agnostic here.

"a5" is what the original text used, but I have no preference. I've changed it to r12, which works on my x64.

dw


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