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From Don Lewis <>
Subject Re: AOO now builds with Clang on Linux
Date Wed, 08 Feb 2017 01:54:15 GMT
On  7 Feb, Pedro Giffuni wrote:
> Hi Damjan;
> Looking at the log I was wondering what exactly clang 1.8 was and
> I took the liberty of fixing the mismatch ;).
> FWIW, AOO should now work fine with clang 3.9.1. Clang 4 reveals
> allocation issues.

Clang 4 on x86_64 uses a MOVAPS SSE instruction to zero out the object
returned by "new sometype()" if the object is sufficiently large.  This
requires that the object be aligned to a 16 byte boundary, but our
allocation code doesn't understand anything larger than 8 byte
alignment.  Furthermore, --enable-debug causes one of the allocation
wrapper functions to add an 8 byte offset, which breaks things even if
the allocator uses the proper alignment.  I've got a conditional patch
in the FreeBSD port to fix these problems, but I don't want to commit it
to our source tree because it would pessimize things for the not x86_64
and not clang 4 cases.

It would be nice to be able to autoconfigure this and we have
sal/typesconfig/typesconfig.c that should theoretically detect the need
for this, but there are two problems:
  * Modern compilers seem to optimize out some and/or all of the
    alignment checks

  * I wasn't able to get clang 4 to use MOVAPS when compiling C code.

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