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Re: Why -fPIC stops some optimization?

On Sat, Jul 10, 2004 at 03:58:01AM +0600, Denis Zaitsev wrote:
> > Try making __n a const and see if it helps. Yes, this is something
> > that gcc should really figure it out by itself.
> This is the same way I'm curing the problem for now.  Making the subst
> variable const or using (z) directly in a statement-expression really
> helps.  But, nevertheless, is this limitation is switch operator
> specific?  Or is it a limit for optimization GCC can do, and it's
> reached faster when the PIC-code is generated?  Or what's wrong?

I can't really help you on this one - I'm just another gcc user.

All I know is, sometimes (often) gcc fails to see that some variable
is only assigned a constant once and never touched anywhere else, and
fails to optimize out that variable as a constant expression. When I
notice this, it's usualy possible to work around the issue by making
that variable a const. I have no idea why gcc does not notice the
obvious by itself though.


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