- Currently, MCAsmInfo provides a CommentString attribute, that various targets can set, so that the AsmLexer can appropriately lex a string as a comment based on the set value of the attribute.
- However, AsmLexer also supports a few additional comment syntaxes, in addition to what's specified as a CommentString attribute. This includes regular C-style block comments (/* ... */), regular C-style line comments (// .... ) and #. While I'm not sure as to why this behaviour exists, I am assuming it does to maintain backward compatibility with GNU AS (see https://sourceware.org/binutils/docs/as/Comments.html#Comments for reference)
Consider a target which sets the CommentString attribute to '*'.
The following strings are all lexed as comments.
"# abc" -> comment "// abc" -> comment "/* abc */ -> comment "* abc" -> comment
- In HLASM however, only "*" is accepted as a comment string, and nothing else.
- To achieve this, an additional attribute (AllowAdditionalComments) has been added to MCAsmInfo. If this attribute is set to false, then only the string specified by the CommentString attribute is used as a possible comment string to be lexed by the AsmLexer. The regular C-style block comments, line comments and "#" are disabled. As a final note, "#" will still be treated as a comment, if the CommentString attribute is set to "#".
Depends on https://reviews.llvm.org/D99277