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SubjectRe: [patch] CFS scheduler, -v8

On Mon, 7 May 2007, Johannes Stezenbach wrote:
> One baffling example where gcc rewrites code is when
> conditionals depend on signed integer overflow:

Yes. This is one of my favourite beefs with gcc. Some of the optimization
decisions seem to make no sense.

Your example is a good one, but my private beef has been in alias
handling. Alias analysis is an important part of optimization, and there's
two kinds: the static (and exact, aka "safe") kind that you can do
regardless of any language definitions, because you *know* that you aren't
actually changing behaviour, and the additional type-based heuristics that
the C language allows.

So which ones would you expect a compiler to consider more important?

And which one do you think gcc will use?

Right. You can have static analysis that *guarantees* that two objects
alias, but if gcc determins that they have different types and thus might
not alias, it decides to use the heuristic instead of the firm knowledge,
and generate code that doesn't work.

"Because the language definition allows it".

Oh well.

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