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Re: patch to omit the frame pointer from leaf functions

  In message <199809211803.OAA05500@jwlab.FEITH.COM>you write:
  > I believe that -fomit-frame-pointer is sometimes a performance loss on
  > non-leaf functions.  It's true that debugging becomes more difficult,
  > which is why my change only takes effect if optimize is not zero.
  > Perhaps it should only take effect if optimize >= 2.
  > Actually what I'm wondering is if there's ever a performance loss when
  > omitting the frame pointer in a leaf function.  On the i386 Intel
  > recommends always omitting the frame pointer in leaf functions.
I don't know enough about the x86 to know one way or the other.  However,
if there are addressing modes or 32bit arithmetic/logicals ops that
are available on the frame pointer, but not the stack pointer, then it
is possible for frame pointer elimination to lose from a performance

However, it has been my experience that the losses on those cases are
generally dwarfed by the improved prologue/epilogue code and the extra
register made available.


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