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Re: [PATCH] Add SPECIAL_FLOAT_MODE to enable adding IEEE 128-bit floating point to PowerPC

On Wed, May 06, 2015 at 04:03:00PM +0100, Richard Sandiford wrote:
> Jeff Law <> writes:
> > So my worry here is that folks writing these loops to iterate over modes 
> > are going to easily miss the != VOIDmode terminator, or not know when to 
> >
> > We can certainly go with the patch as-is since you've done the work to 
> > sort out which GET_MODE_WIDER to use and added the appropriate 
> > termination checks.   But do we want to try to future proof this a 
> > little and define two iterators for folks to use rather than write the 
> > loops by hand every time and probably getting it wrong -- and wrong in 
> > such a way that it only breaks on PPC, forcing someone to regularly be 
> > fixing this stuff

If they miss the != VOIDmode, the program will hang since it will never exit
the loop (VOIDmode is the wider type for VOIDmode).

> Yeah.  I might be wrong, but I don't think the emit-rtl.c code
> that uses GET_MODE_WIDER_MODE_SPECIAL actually cares about one thing
> being wider than another.  It just wants to iterate over _all_ modes
> of a particular class.  So maybe we could just convert them to iterate
> over everything between MIN_MODE_foo and MAX_MODE_foo (already defined
> in insn-modes.h).  Agree proper iterators would be even nicer though :-)

The code in emit-rtl.c that uses GET_MODE_WIDER_MODE_SPECIAL just is
initializing all of the types.  There are 2 functions:

init_derived_machine_modes -- this really doesn't need special, since it is
just looking at the INT types, looking to define byte_mode, word_mode, and
ptr_mode to appropriate integer types.

init_emit_once -- this is initializing all of the special constants (-1.0, 0.0,
1.0, etc.) for each of the modes.  The only one that really needs to use
_SPECIAL is the floating point loop.  When I was making the change months ago,
I just used _SPECIAL in all of the places, just in case we ever needed to have
an INT special type, or decimal float, etc.

In addition in expr.c the function init_expr_target uses it to set up the
conversion tables.

Perhaps it is simpler just to have a target hook that says whether a given
conversion can happen automatically (as opposed to explicitly if asked for by
the user).

Michael Meissner, IBM
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