A call to a subprogram in the current unit is inlined if all the following conditions are met:
pragma Inlineapplies to the subprogram or it is small and automatic inlining (optimization level -O3) is specified.
Calls to subprograms in
with'ed units are normally not inlined.
To achieve this level of inlining, the following conditions must all be
pragma Inlinefor the subprogram.
Note that specifying the -gnatn switch causes additional compilation dependencies. Consider the following:
|package R is procedure Q; pragma Inline (Q); end R; package body R is ... end R; with R; procedure Main is begin ... R.Q; end Main;|
With the default behavior (no -gnatn switch specified), the
compilation of the
Main procedure depends only on its own source,
main.adb, and the spec of the package in file r.ads. This
means that editing the body of
R does not require recompiling
On the other hand, the call
R.Q is not inlined under these
circumstances. If the -gnatn switch is present when
is compiled, the call will be inlined if the body of
Q is small
enough, but now
Main depends on the body of
r.adb as well as on the spec. This means that if this body is edited,
the main program must be recompiled. Note that this extra dependency
occurs whether or not the call is in fact inlined by gcc.
The use of front end inlining with -gnatN generates similar additional dependencies.
Note: The -fno-inline switch can be used to prevent all inlining. This switch overrides all other conditions and ensures that no inlining occurs. The extra dependences resulting from -gnatn will still be active, even if this switch is used to suppress the resulting inlining actions.
Note regarding the use of -O3: There is no difference in inlining
behavior between -O2 and -O3 for subprograms with an explicit
Inline assuming the use of -gnatn
or -gnatN (the switches that activate inlining). If you have used
Inline in appropriate cases, then it is usually much better
to use -O2 and -gnatn and avoid the use of -O3 which
in this case only has the effect of inlining subprograms you did not
think should be inlined. We often find that the use of -O3 slows
down code by performing excessive inlining, leading to increased instruction
cache pressure from the increased code size. So the bottom line here is
that you should not automatically assume that -O3 is better than
-O2, and indeed you should use -O3 only if tests show that
it actually improves performance.