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[llvm-dev] LLVM Weekly - #258, December 10th 2018

Teresa Johnson via llvm-dev
LLVM Weekly - #258, December 10th 2018
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Welcome to the two hundred and fifty-eighth issue of LLVM Weekly, a weekly
newsletter (published every Monday) covering developments in LLVM, Clang, and
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## News and articles from around the web

LLVM 7.0.1-rc3 [has been
tagged](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2018-December/128366.html).
The intent is that this is the last release candidate.

Stephen Kelly has blogged on [using build tools with
clang-tidy](https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vcblog/2018/11/27/exploring-clang-tooling-using-build-tools-with-clang-tidy/).

## On the mailing lists

* John Brawn
[writes](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2018-December/128299.html)
about a fascinating regalloc issue. A regression in bzip2 is triggered when
there is one more available register, resulting in worse allocation behaviour.
Quentin Colombet [provides some
insight](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2018-December/128309.html).

* Adam Nemet [kicks
off](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2018-December/128322.html) a
second round of discussions on matrix support in LLVM. This new proposal takes
a more scaled back approach.

* Anastasia Stulova has started an RFC thread on [preserving the address space
of 'this' in C++
methods](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/cfe-dev/2018-December/060470.html).

* Lingda Li is seeking feedback for an RFC on [the implementation of the
OpenMP 5.0 declare mapper
directive](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/cfe-dev/2018-December/060476.html).

* Hans Wennborg has proposed the [8.0 release
schedule](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2018-December/128186.html),
which would see the branch taking place on 16th January and final tag on 27th
Feb.

* James Y Knight is keen on [moving forwards with the plan for the git
monorepo](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2018-December/128196.html).
After another week with [no extra
concerns](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2018-December/128389.html),
it looks like there may be consensus.

* Tom Stellard
[reports](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2018-December/128246.html)
that a bug fix for 7.0.0 will necessarily lead to an ABI change for a
clang-build libLLVM-7.so. He proposes leaving the fix from 7.0.1 and shipping
a special 7.0.2/7.1.0 release so users have the option of accepting this ABI
change or not.

* Michael Kruse
[proposes](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2018-December/128276.html)
to no longer use LoopIDs as identifiers.


## LLVM commits

* A new llvm.experimental.widenable.condition intrinsic was added. This allows
the choice between two alternative correct solutions for the same problem or
to express guards. [r348593](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348593).

* It is now possible to mark variadic register operands as defs.
[r348114](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348114).

* Initial support for the 'TAPI' TextAPI proposal landed. This allows
conversion between binary shared object stubs and textual counterparts.
[r348170](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348170).

* SimpleLoopUnswitch learned to preserve MemorySSA.
[r348263](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348263).

* A new interface was introduced to observe changes in GISel passes.
[r348406](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348406).

* The IR constant folder no longer assumes all functions are 4-byte aligned.
[r348571](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348571).


## Clang commits

* Support for pretokenized headers was removed. This was an experimental
feature that was ultimately considered failed.
[r348266](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348266).

* Portability of the Clang python utility scripts to Python 3 was improved.
[r348126](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348126),
[r348127](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348127),
[r348129](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348129), and more.

* The iterator checker learned to warn on decrements past the begin() and
end() of containers. [r348425](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348425).


## Other project commits

* DragonFlyBSD and OpenBSD support was added to the OpenMP runtime.
[r348725](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348725),
[r348726](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348726).

* The WebAssembly lld linker gained support for the event section specified in
the exception handling proposal. [r348703](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL348703).
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