[llvm-dev] CloneMachineInstr and register ties

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[llvm-dev] CloneMachineInstr and register ties

Alberto Barbaro via llvm-dev
Hi,

Working on a new pass for a project based on LLVM 4.0.1 I tried to clone
a machine instruction using MachineFunction::CloneMachineInstr. Its
documentation reads

> /// CloneMachineInstr - Create a new MachineInstr which is a copy of the
> /// 'Orig' instruction, identical in all ways except the instruction
> /// has no parent, prev, or next.
> ///
> /// See also TargetInstrInfo::duplicate() for target-specific fixes to cloned
> /// instructions.

which has since been changed to

> /// Create a new MachineInstr which is a copy of \p Orig, identical in all
> /// ways except the instruction has no parent, prev, or next. Bundling flags
> /// are reset.
> ///
> /// Note: Clones a single instruction, not whole instruction bundles.
> /// Does not perform target specific adjustments; consider using
> /// TargetInstrInfo::duplicate() instead.

Based on either, I expected register ties to remain intact on the clone,
but they are cleared. I can see how that happens (MachineInstr's
constructor copies all machine operands one by one; when adding existing
machine operands using MachineInstr::addOperand, ties are supposed to be
cleared), but the documentation suggests to me the ties should be
restored after all operands have been added.

Or is the new comment about bundling flags meant to cover register ties
too? I think that's only about machine instruction bundles, but maybe
I'm not understanding it right.

I can patch up register ties afterwards if necessary, but I'd like to
know if this is a bug or not, because it affects whether I should do the
patching up in my own pass or in the LLVM code, and whether I should
report this as a bug.

Cheers,
Harald van Dijk
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