Make Scalar::GetBytes and RegisterValue::GetBytes const


Make Scalar::GetBytes and RegisterValue::GetBytes const

Scalar::GetBytes provides a non-const access to the underlying bytes
of the scalar value, supposedly allowing for modification of those
bytes. However, even with the current implementation, this is not
really possible. For floating-point scalars, the pointer returned
by GetBytes refers to a temporary copy; modifications to that copy
will be simply ignored. For integer scalars, the pointer refers
to internal memory of the APInt implementation, which isn't
supposed to be directly modifyable; GetBytes simply casts aways
the const-ness of the pointer ...

With my upcoming patch to fix Scalar::GetBytes for big-endian
systems, this problem is going to get worse, since there we need
temporary copies even for some integer scalars. Therefore, this
patch makes Scalar::GetBytes const, fixing all those problems.

As a follow-on change, RegisterValues::GetBytes must be made const
as well. This in turn means that the way of initializing a
RegisterValue by doing a SetType followed by writing to GetBytes
no longer works. Instead, I've changed SetValueFromData to do
the equivalent of SetType itself, and then re-implemented
SetFromMemoryData to work on top of SetValueFromData.

There is still a need for RegisterValue::SetType, since some
platform-specific code uses it to reinterpret the contents of
an already filled RegisterValue. To make this usage work in
all cases (even changing from a type implemented via Scalar
to a type implemented as a byte buffer), SetType now simply
copies the old contents out, and then reloads the RegisterValue
from this data using the new type via SetValueFromData.

This in turn means that there is no remaining caller of
Scalar::SetType, so it can be removed.

The only other follow-on change was in MIPS EmulateInstruction
code, where some uses of RegisterValue::GetBytes could be made
const trivially.

Differential Revision: http://reviews.llvm.org/D18980


uweigandApr 14 2016, 7:31 AM
Differential Revision
D18980: Make Scalar::GetBytes and RegisterValue::GetBytes const
rL266309: Fixes for platforms that default to unsigned char