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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ilog2: Improve ilog2 for constant arguments
On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 09:29:54PM +0100, Jakub Jelinek wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 09:23:10PM +0100, Luc Van Oostenryck wrote:
> > On Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 01:51:54PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > >
> > > Other option would be to change the const_ilog2 macro, though as the
> > > description says it is meant to be used also in C constant expressions,
> > > and while GCC will fold it to constant with constant argument even in
> > > those, perhaps it is better to avoid using extensions in that case.
> >
> > Just for info, the description is outdated and Sparse is just fine with
> > __builtin_clzll() and friends in constant expressions (since Feb 2017)
> Why is the description outdated? It is still an extension that not every
> compiler might fold in constant expressions. And, the large expressions
> aren't really a problem in constant expressions, they will be folded there
> to constant or error.
> The problem the patch was trying to solve is that the large expressions are
> a problem at least for GCC in runtime code when guarded by
> __builtin_constant_p, because __builtin_constant_p is folded quite late
> (intentionally so, so that more constants can be propagated into it, e.g.
> after inlining etc.), and the large expressions might confuse inliner
> heuristics.

I was only talking about the part "Use this where *sparse* expects a true
constant expression, e.g. for array 75 indices." and wanted to say that
__builtin_clzll() with a constant argument is now also expanded to a
constant, like GCC does (it wasn't the case before 2017 and I think
it was the main reason why const_ilog2() is written as it is).

-- Luc

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