[Dwarf-Discuss] About self-referencial sized types

Pierre-Marie de Rodat derodat@adacore.com
Thu May 15 12:12:35 GMT 2014


Thank you for your answer.

On 05/14/2014 09:48 PM, Robinson, Paul wrote:
>>     struct record_type {
>>       int n;
>>       int a[1 .. max(n, 0)];
>>     };
> I had to do something like this for a COBOL compiler once, except
> it was simply [1 .. N] and so I had the upper bound be a reference
> to the member DIE for N.  If you're computing an expression on N
> then yes it's more complicated.


>> On the other hand, getting the address of the "A" member would not
>> be sufficient: in more complex cases, the offset of the "A" member
>> can depend on discriminants!
> Does that mean the offset between "A" and "N" is not constant?
> You'd have to produce a sub-expression to compute that offset...
> This sounds complicated but not infeasible.

When I started to work on this matter, I thought about the following Ada 
type declaration:

type Record_Type2 (N : Integer) is record
    A1 : Array_Type (1 .. N);
    A2 : Array_Type (1 .. N);
end record;

The corresponding memory layout would be as follows:

struct record_type2 {
   int n;
   int a[1 .. max(n, 0)];
   int b[1 .. max(n, 0)];

In this case indeed, the offset between the "n" field and the "b" one is 
not constant, and I can't find a way to compute it from the 
DW_AT_upper_bound attribute of the DW_TAG_subrange_type DIE 
corresponding to "b". The point is that this offset depends on the "n" 
field and if we had its value, we would not need to compute this offset 
in the first place.

Pierre-Marie de Rodat

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