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cmd/compile: stack-allocate arrays of len/cap defined in local, non-escaping variable #24577

ALTree opened this issue Mar 28, 2018 · 2 comments


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@ALTree ALTree commented Mar 28, 2018

$ go version
go version devel +377a2cb2d2 Tue Mar 27 18:03:39 2018 +0000 linux/amd64


func f() {
	workBuf := make([]int, 0, 32)
	// ... do some local work on workBuf

-m says

f make([]int, 0, 32) does not escape

and workBuf is stack-allocated. But if the make line is changed to

	n := 32
	workBuf := make([]int, 0, n)

the workBuf variable is heap-allocated: make([]int, 0, n) escapes to heap.

You can still get a stack allocation by making n a const:

	const n = 32
	workBuf := make([]int, 0, n)

it may be worth to extend the stack-allocation optimization to include bounds defined in local, non-escaping variables.

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@josharian josharian commented Mar 28, 2018

Please see also #20533


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@ALTree ALTree commented Mar 28, 2018

Ah! Thank you. Basically a dup of that one... closing here.

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