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cmd/compile: relax recursive restriction while inlining #29737

randall77 opened this Issue Jan 14, 2019 · 2 comments


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randall77 commented Jan 14, 2019

package main

func main() {

func f(x int) {
	if x < 0 {
	g(x - 1)
func g(x int) {
	h(x - 1)
func h(x int) {
	f(x - 1)

The compiler refuses to inline anything in this example:

$ go tool compile -m=2 tmp.go
tmp.go:7:6: cannot inline f: recursive
tmp.go:13:6: cannot inline g: recursive
tmp.go:16:6: cannot inline h: recursive
tmp.go:3:6: can inline main as: func() { f(100) }

There's no reason to not inline, e.g., g into f.
As long as we're not inlining a function into itself, it should be ok (and even that might be ok, as long as we don't do it an infinite number of times).

This comes up only with mid-stack inlining. When we only inlined leaves, it was perfectly reasonable to abort on recursion. Now we don't have to.

This came up when looking at runtime.pcdatavalue. I had a CL (CL 157799) which modified it, and the modified version should have inlined. It didn't because of this issue, because pcdatavalue it is part of a reasonably large recursive loop.

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josharian commented Jan 14, 2019

This might also help with a problem @CAFxX ran into (which also has another possible solution).

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