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Re: Question about subregs on constants

On Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 05:47:19PM +0100, Andreas Krebbel wrote:
> Hi,
> what does speak against folding SUBREGs on constants in fold_rtx?
> CSE does refuse to propagate constants into subreg expressions probably because fold_rtx does not
> handle it - and in fact a subreg on a constant does not seem to be defined. I'm wondering why this
> is the case? What's the problem with simplifying subregs on constants?
> If there is a good reason not to fold things like:
> (subreg:DI (const_int 1 [0x1]) 0)

This is invalid RTL, so it shouldn't be generated at all.
The problem is that CONST_INT has VOIDmode, and a valid SUBREG needs both
inner and outer mode to figure out which bits it is talking about.

Therefore, wherever you end up with replacing SUBREG_REG with CONST_INT or
other modeless RTL, there is a bug; instead of that the code should be using
something like simplify_replace_rtx or simplify_replace_fn_rtx, where the
result is immediately simplified at the point where the original inner mode is
still known.


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