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Re: [PATCH] convert MIN_EXPR operands to the same type (PR 87059)

On 08/27/2018 09:28 AM, Richard Biener wrote:
On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 4:41 PM Martin Sebor <> wrote:

On 08/27/2018 02:32 AM, Richard Biener wrote:
On Sat, Aug 25, 2018 at 9:14 PM Jeff Law <> wrote:

On 08/24/2018 01:06 PM, Martin Sebor wrote:
PR 87059 points out an ICE in the recently enhanced VRP code
that was traced back to a MIN_EXPR built out of operands of
types with different sign by expand_builtin_strncmp().

The attached patch adjusts the function to make sure both
operands have the same type, and to make these mismatches
easier to detect, also adds an assertion to fold_binary_loc()
for these expressions.

Bootstrapped on x86_64-linux.


PS Aldy, I have not tested this on powerpc64le.


PR tree-optimization/87059 - internal compiler error: in set_value_range


      PR tree-optimization/87059
      * builtins.c (expand_builtin_strncmp): Convert MIN_EXPR operand
      to the same type as the other.
      * fold-const.c (fold_binary_loc): Assert expectation.
I bootstrapped (but did not regression test) this on ppc64le and also
built the linux kernel (which is where my tester tripped over this problem).

Approved and installed on the trunk.

Please remove the assertion in fold_binary_loc again, we do not do this kind
of assertions there.

What kind of assertions are appropriate here and what's a better
place to make sure the MIN/MAX expression operands are valid, i.e.,
have the same type or sign or whatever the downstream assumptions

Generally we have such checks in place for IL verification.  There's also
a separate fold-checking mode (but checking unrelated stuff only at the

fold is heavily used so slowing it down isn't wanted.  You'll also run into
existing issues too easily if you really pin down types to requirements

So just checking MIN/MAX for matching mode and sign just invites
for more random checks here.

So where should we check these things (or what's a good way to
make this less error-prone -- would documenting what kind of
assertions are appropriate be a good way to go?  Or add an API
that did the validation for all EXPRs that require operands
of the same type?)

The ICE in the original bug report was hard to reproduce (it
didn't trigger in an x86_64 bootstrap and apparently even needed
a patched powerpc64le cross compiler to bring about).  I added
the assertion to catch these kinds of mistakes more readily.

FWIW, I had used TYPE_MAIN_VARIANT initially but as you said,
it triggered ICEs in the test suite so I relaxed the assertion
it to the current state.


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