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Add initial support for debug counting

Authored by dberlin on Feb 15 2017, 10:31 AM.



(Note: I named it debug counting because that's what we called it in
GCC. I'm also mostly leaving this here until i get back to it because
i promised some folks who wanted to use it. I'll ping the review when
it's cleaned up a bit).

We have support for bisection, and bugpoint can reduce testcases
often to a single pass. But that doesn't help reduce it to a single
transform by a single pass. Which debug counting lets us do.

Debug counting lets you instrument a pass so that it only executes a
certain thing (rwhatever you want) after skipping it a certain time of
times, and then only does a certain number of executions before saying
"skip" again.

To make it concrete, for predicateinfo, if i instrument use renaming,
i can make it so it skips renaming the first N uses, renames the next
N, and then skips the rest.

This lets you narrow down a miscompilation to, often, a single
transformation, and then also debug it (by using the same command line

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dberlin created this revision.Feb 15 2017, 10:31 AM

A few notes:

  1. I have scripts that automate binary searching the counters that i'll

upload at some point.

My current scripts only binary search a single counter, but actually, if your
miscompile requires multiple transforms, you can binary search all the

  1. Not sure what to do about counter registration.

It's easy for passes, i think.
For utilities, right now you have to just create a static object that calls registerCounter.

Right now, nothing prints the list of counters.

I could set up some macros like we have STATISTIC to register them, if folks think that is the right approach.

mehdi_amini edited edge metadata.Feb 15 2017, 11:21 AM

A few notes:

  1. I have scripts that automate binary searching the counters that i'll upload at some point.

llvm/utils/bisect ?

A few notes:

  1. I have scripts that automate binary searching the counters that i'll upload at some point.
llvm/utils/bisect  ?

Right, it's a variant of that that

  1. Knows how to format the counters
  2. Binary searches the skip, then the count.
  • Add my current hacked up script to bisect skip and count
  • Update to be cleaner
davide edited edge metadata.Feb 17 2017, 3:19 PM

When I saw this GCC feature I was really jealous =) Thanks for working on this, reviewing it now.

davide requested changes to this revision.Feb 17 2017, 3:28 PM
davide added inline comments.
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Add a diagnostic? ("enable debug if you want counters!") or something?

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Can counter ever go below zero?

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At least can we output something to stderr, here, I think

This revision now requires changes to proceed.Feb 17 2017, 3:28 PM
dberlin added inline comments.Feb 17 2017, 3:32 PM
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We can't, really.
Because the shouldExecute call happens all the time, whether you are in debug mode or not. It just does nothing with debugging off.
(or at least, that's how GCC works)

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We use -1 to say "always execute".
I'll update.

Bigcheese added inline comments.
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I believe this should be:

explicit DebugCounterList(Mods &&... Ms) : Base(std::forward<Mods>(Ms)...) {}

Which is the idiomatic way to forward arguments.

dberlin edited edge metadata.
  • Update for review comments, make it print options properly and warn.
dberlin marked 4 inline comments as done.Feb 18 2017, 2:41 PM
  • Add comments
davide accepted this revision.Feb 18 2017, 3:50 PM

LGTM! (after some minor comments inline have been addressed).
I used this (yesterday) to track down an issue internally, so very happy about this feature already.
I'd commit the PredicateInfo bits separately (it would be awesome if you can actually a test for that).

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Do you need all these member variables to be protected?

25 ↗(On Diff #89048)

Add a small comment to explain the hardcoded 6.

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Same here.

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NumSpaces can probably be folded here, but up to you (if you think it's less readable)

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full stop at the end of the comment

This revision is now accepted and ready to land.Feb 18 2017, 3:50 PM

I think some documentation in the dev guide would be welcome!

I think some documentation in the dev guide would be welcome!

Yes, I agree.

dberlin marked an inline comment as done.Feb 18 2017, 4:14 PM

I'll commit the predicateinfo bit separately. I added it to the CL as a demo, as everything gets dead-stripped on Darwin if you don't register a counter somewhere.
(it took me a good 30 minutes to figure out what was going on, as the debug-counter option disappears from opt you have no counters.
I'm actually fairly surprised this is legal, but ....)

I believe i can test the predicateinfo piece pretty easily, because we can just have a test where it skips renaming a use and verify that it skips the rename.

1447–1448 ↗(On Diff #89048)

Actually, i don't think we need any of them any more.
I'll check and revert if i can.

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It appears to be the option width used in CommandLine.cpp,but it's uncommented there too.
I've at least commented where it comes from.

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I tried and it creates a really weird line split, so i'm going to leave it ATM.

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