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cmd/compile: "add some generic composite type optimizations" improperly discards writes to non-autos #26153

heschik opened this issue Jun 29, 2018 · 2 comments


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@heschik heschik commented Jun 29, 2018

CL 106495 (commit f31a18d) adds a pass, "dead auto elim", that eliminates local variables that are only written, not read. Under certain circumstances, it can discard writes to non-autos. In this example:

package main

import "fmt"

func main() {
	var s string

func mangle(ps *string) {
	if ps == nil {
		var s string
		ps = &s
	*ps = "hello world"

The write on the last line to *ps will be discarded. I think the problem is that elimDeadAutosGeneric totally ignores non-autos, even when their existence is important. The phi op that unifies ps after the if takes two values, essentially &s and ps. Because the function doesn't care about non-autos, it ignores ps, and considers the phi to be dead if s is dead, which of course it is. Really the whole thing should be kept alive by the (potential) write through ps.

cc @randall77, @TocarIP, @mundaym

@heschik heschik added this to the Go1.11 milestone Jun 29, 2018

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@gopherbot gopherbot commented Jun 30, 2018

Change mentions this issue: cmd/compile: keep autos whose address reaches a phi


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@mundaym mundaym commented Jun 30, 2018

Thanks for the bug report @heschik. I think CL 121796 should be enough to fix the problem.

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