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Re: How to avoid constant propagation into functions?

On Wed, Dec 07, 2016 at 06:27:56PM +0100, Florian Weimer wrote:
> >> > When I am writing a test with noinline + noclone then my
> >> > expectation is that no such propagation happens, because
> >> > otherwise a test might turn trivial...
> >> 
> >> The usual ways to prevent that are to add some volatile, or an
> >> asm("" : "+g"(some_var));   etc.
> >
> > No, that doesn't sound right.  As far as I can tell from looking
> > that the GCC testsuite, the prevailing way is actually the
> > noinline+noclone combo, not the per-argument asms or volatiles.
> Agreed, that's what I've been using in the past for glibc test cases.
> If that doesn't work, we'll need something else.  Separate compilation
> of test cases just to thwart compiler optimizations is a significant
> burden, and will stop working once we have LTO anyway.
> What about making the function definitions weak?  Would that be more
> reliable?

It depends a lot on what you want the test to actually test.

Just sprinkling noinline,noclone everywhere as a poor man's "DWIM"
just does not work.


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