Wrong RTL instruction deleted

Robert Dewar dewar@adacore.com
Mon Dec 27 15:09:00 GMT 2004

Florian Weimer wrote:
> * Robert Dewar:

> Using -fno-strict-aliasing throws away a lot of the additional
> information the Ada front end can provide, compared to equivalent C
> code. 8-(,

I know this is true theoretically, but I am dubious as to whether this
is true in practice. The only datapoint we have from a large customer
(whose code does not work in the absence of -fno-strict-aliasing, a
common state of affairs unfortunately), was that -O2 indeed had a
very significant gain over -01, but the loss in using -O2 with
-fno-strict-aliasing was negligible in comparison.

So I am inclined to think that, at least for our commercial product,
we would do better to set -fno-strict-aliasing by default, and then
suggest -fstrict-aliasing as a possible path to explore for the very
few users for whom performance at the margin is critical. Actually
in practice I think there are *so* many opportunities for more
valuable optimizations in the Ada case, that this is going to be
a rare situation.
> Hmm, I think VIEW_CONVERT_EXPR could be a way to implement the
> unspecified behavior in 5.2.10(9, 10) in a more deterministic manner.

That seems preferable anyway. I assume no one objects to the C code
in this instance "working" as expected :-)

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