Update LTO plugin interface

Cary Coutant ccoutant@google.com
Wed Dec 1 22:47:00 GMT 2010

> If we get into extending linker plugin interface, it would be great if we would
> do somehting about COMDAT.  We now have RESOLVED and RESOLVED_IRONLY, while the
> problem is that all non-hidden COMDAT symbols get RESOLVED that pretty much
> fixes them in the output library.
> I would propose adding RESOLVED_IRDYNAMIC for cases where symbol was resolved
> IRONLY except that it is externally visible to dynamic linker.  We can then allow
> compiler to optimize this symbol out (same way as IRONLY) if it knows it may or
> may not be exported - i.e. from COMDAT flag or via -fwhole-program.

(This is off the main topic...)

resolved elsewhere, we don't have any way to say whether it was IRONLY
or not, and that's a problem for common symbols, because there really
is no prevailing def -- the linker just allocates the space itself.
Currently, gold picks one of the common symbols and calls it the
prevailing def, but the one it picks might not actually be the largest
one. I'd prefer to add something like COMMON and COMMON_IRONLY as
possible resolutions.

I'm not sure if you're talking about that, or about real COMDAT
groups. As far as gold is concerned, it picks one COMDAT group and
throws the rest of them away, but for the one it picks, you'll get
either PREVAILING_DEF or PREVAILING_DEF_IRONLY. That should tell the
compiler what it needs to know.

I'm also not sure what you mean by "resolved IRONLY except that it is
externally visible to the dynamic linker." If we're building a shared
library, and the symbol is exported, it's not going to be IRONLY, and
I don't see how it would be valid to optimize it out. If we're
building an executable with --export-dynamic, same thing.


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