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Re: [PATCH] convert braced initializers to strings (PR 71625)

On 08/14/2018 09:24 AM, Martin Sebor wrote:
On 08/14/2018 09:08 AM, Martin Sebor wrote:
On 08/14/2018 07:27 AM, James Greenhalgh wrote:
On Wed, Aug 08, 2018 at 07:17:07PM -0500, Martin Sebor wrote:
On 08/08/2018 05:08 AM, Jason Merrill wrote:
On Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 9:04 AM, Martin Sebor <> wrote:
On 08/07/2018 02:57 AM, Jason Merrill wrote:

On Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 12:49 AM, Martin Sebor <>

On 07/31/2018 07:38 AM, Jason Merrill wrote:


Done in the attached patch.  I've also avoided dealing with
zero-length arrays and added tests to make sure their size
stays is regardless of the form of their initializer and
the appropriate warnings are issued.

Using build_string() rather than build_string_literal() needed
a tweak in digest_init_r().  It didn't break anything but since
the array type may not have a domain yet, neither will the
string.  It looks like that may get adjusted later on but I've
temporarily guarded the code with #if 1.  If the change is
fine I'll remove the #if before committing.

This initial patch only handles narrow character initializers
(i.e., those with TYPE_STRING_FLAG set).  Once this gets some
exposure I'd like to extend it to other character types,
including wchar_t.

Hi Martin,

This causes issues for the AArch64 tests (full list below).

I see an error message on the following construct:

  void foo (void)
    __Poly8_t x[4] = { 1, 2, 3, 4 };

  init.c:3:20: error: array of inappropriate type initialized from
string constant
  3 |   __Poly8_t x[4] = { 1, 2, 3, 4 };

__Poly8_t is a type we define in our backend, through a convoluted
set of
functions, which operates a lot like an unsigned, QI mode type.

I see the error with my aarch64 cross-compiler .  The new code
that does the conversion of array initializers to STRING_CSTs
looks for the TYPE_STRING_FLAG() to be set on the type of
the array elements.  Perhaps __Poly8_t should not have the flag
set?  (If it needs it then I think we'd have to only consider
named character types.)

The change below gets rid of the compilation error.  I don't
know if it's appropriate for the aarch64 back end:

Index: gcc/config/aarch64/aarch64-builtins.c
--- gcc/config/aarch64/aarch64-builtins.c    (revision 263537)
+++ gcc/config/aarch64/aarch64-builtins.c    (working copy)
@@ -643,6 +643,7 @@ aarch64_init_simd_builtin_types (void)
   /* Poly types are a world of their own.  */
   aarch64_simd_types[Poly8_t].eltype = aarch64_simd_types[Poly8_t].itype =
     build_distinct_type_copy (unsigned_intQI_type_node);
+  TYPE_STRING_FLAG (aarch64_simd_types[Poly8_t].eltype) = false;
   aarch64_simd_types[Poly16_t].eltype =
aarch64_simd_types[Poly16_t].itype =
     build_distinct_type_copy (unsigned_intHI_type_node);
   aarch64_simd_types[Poly64_t].eltype =
aarch64_simd_types[Poly64_t].itype =

A second set of tests fail due to changed inlining behaviour for
with char array initialization:

I'm not sure what's going on here.  The tests are very big and
take forever to compile with an aarch64 cross-compiler, and I'm
not sure what to look for.  Can you provide a smaller test case
that shows the issue?

I wonder if these changes might be due to the same problem:
the tests define and initialize arrays of the Int8x16_t type
which is initialized to intQI_type_node, i.e., the signed
form of Poly8_t.  Does the conversion to STRING_CST cause
a performance degradation or is it just that the tests end
up with equivalent but slightly different assembly?

The tests also use int8_t and uint8_t for the expected results.
Those are typedefs for signed and unsigned char, respectively.
Is the conversion to strings for those fine?


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