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Re: Indirect memory addresses vs. lra

On Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 02:30:19PM -0400, Vladimir Makarov wrote:
> >Couldn't we spill the frame pointer? Basically we should be able to 
> >compute the first address into a reg, spill that, do the second (both 
> >could require the frame pointer), spill the frame pointer, reload the 
> >first computed address from the stack, execute the insn and then reload 
> >the frame pointer.
> >
> >Maybe the frame pointer can also be implemented 'virually' in an index 
> >register that you keep updated so that sp + reg
> >Is the FP. Or frame accesses can use a
> >Stack slot as FP and the indirect memory
> >Addressing... (is there an indirect lea?)
> >
> Yes, it could be a solution.  It just needs some target maintainer 
> creativity.  There are a lot of things (tricks) can be done in 
> machine-dependent code which would not require RA changes.

You can even go as far as not having the hard frame pointer be a machine
register at all.  In RTL it will still be a reg, but that doesn't mean
the machine code you emit should be like that; you can use a special
fixed memory location for it, for example.


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