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Re: [range-ops] patch 01/04: types for VR_UNDEFINED and VR_VARYING

On 7/24/19 12:33 PM, Richard Biener wrote:
> On July 24, 2019 8:18:57 PM GMT+02:00, Jeff Law <>
> wrote:
>> On 7/24/19 11:00 AM, Richard Biener wrote: [ Big snip, ignore
>> missing reply attributions... ]
>>>> it. But I'd claim that if callers are required not to change
>>>> these ranges, then the callers are fundamentally broken.  I'm
>>>> not sure what the "sanitization" is really buying you here.
>>>> Can you point to something specific?
>>>>> But you lose the sanitizing that nobody can change it and the
>>>>>  changed info leaks to other SSA vars.
>>>>> As said, fix all callers to deal with NULL.
>>>>> But I argue the current code is exactly optimal and safe.
>>>> ANd I'd argue that it's just plain broken and that the 
>>>> sanitization you're referring to points to something broken 
>>>> elsewhere,  higher up in the callers.
>>> Another option is to make get_value_range return by value and
>>> the only way to change the lattice to call an appropriate set
>>> function. I think we already do the latter in all cases (but we
>>> use get_value_range in the setter) and returning by reference is
>>> just eliding the copy.
>> OK, so what I think you're getting at (and please correct me if
>> I'm wrong) is that once the lattice values are set, you don't want 
>> something changing the recorded ranges underneath?
>> ISTM the way to enforce that is to embed the concept in the class
>> and enforce it by not allowing direct manipulation of range by the
>> clients. So a client that wants this behavior somehow tells the
>> class that ranges are "set in stone" and from that point the
>> setters don't allow changing the underlying ranges.
> Yes. You'll see that nearly all callers do
> Value_range vr = *get_value_range (name);
> Modify
> Update_value_range (name, &vr) ;
> And returning by reference was mostly an optimization. We _did_ have
> callers Changing the range in place and the const varying catched
> those.
Well, that's the kind of thing we want to avoid at the API level.  One
way was to simply prohibit changes with a by-value return and forcing
changes through a setter.  Another would be returning everything as a
const, which is what I think your patch from today did.   In both cases
you have to use the appropriate APIs to make changes.  I prefer the
former because someone could cast away the const property, but if the
former isn't really feasible, then always returning a const object is a
reasonable compromise I guess.


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