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Inlining & direct function application optimisation #4918

vicuna opened this Issue Nov 13, 2009 · 1 comment


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commented Nov 13, 2009

Original bug ID: 4918
Reporter: viktorva
Assigned to: @mshinwell
Status: resolved (set by @mshinwell on 2016-12-06T21:50:59Z)
Resolution: fixed
Priority: normal
Severity: feature
Fixed in version: 4.03.0
Category: ~DO NOT USE (was: OCaml general)
Monitored by: "Julien Signoles" @hcarty

Bug description

ocamlopt does not recognise direct function applications which arise from inlining even trivial functions. For example,

let id f = f
let rec f n = if n <= 0 then 0 else n * f (n - 1)

let _ = f 10
let _ = id f 20


mov eax, 21
call _camlTest__f_60 % Direct call for f 10
mov ebx, DWORD PTR _camlTest+4
mov eax, 41
mov ecx, DWORD PTR [ebx]
call ecx % Indirect call to f 20

The call to id is correctly inlined, but then the direct call is not recognised.

See: ocaml/asmcomp/


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commented Dec 6, 2016

Comment author: @mshinwell

This deficiency should be fixed by Flambda, which can re-examine the results of inlining.

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