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Re: [PATCH 1/2] Convert symtab, cgraph and varpool nodes into a real class hierarchy

> > On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM, Jan Hubicka <> wrote:
> > >> +/* GTY((user)) hooks for symtab_node_base (and its subclasses).
> > >> +   We could use virtual functions for this, but given the presence of the
> > >> +   "type" field and the trivial size of the class hierarchy, switches are
> > >> +   perhaps simpler and faster.  */
> > >
> > > Generally I am not really happy about the hand marking - why can't GTY just handle
> > > it by itself?  Do we have some eisting exmaple of this?
> > >
> > > GTY was in a way of getting proper class hiearchy for quite a while and this is
> > > probably less ugly than C-syntax-classes we have now.  But it would be nice to
> > > have some longer term plan what to do here.  Obviously this is going to make
> > > any changes to GGC implementation close to imposible since all the
> > > implementation details are exposed now.
> > 
> > As far as I understand, the intent is to move to user markers, see:
> >
> OK, I have nothing against explicit user markers. It however seem to need a bit
> of abstraction - just writting by hand whatever gengtype produces seems ugly.

However reading through the thread, I guess we do have agreement on going with user
markers, so I do not think it is a reason to hold the patch.


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