[ObjC][ARC] Use operand bundle 'clang.arc.attachedcall' instead of

Authored by ahatanak on Feb 10 2021, 2:47 PM.


[ObjC][ARC] Use operand bundle 'clang.arc.attachedcall' instead of
explicitly emitting retainRV or claimRV calls in the IR

This reapplies ed4718eccb12bd42214ca4fb17d196d49561c0c7, which was reverted
because it was causing a miscompile. The bug that was causing the miscompile
has been fixed in 75805dce5ff874676f3559c069fcd6737838f5c0.

Original commit message:


This fixes a longstanding problem where llvm breaks ARC's autorelease
optimization (see the link below) by separating calls from the marker
instructions or retainRV/claimRV calls. The backend changes are in


What this patch does to fix the problem:

  • The front-end adds operand bundle "clang.arc.attachedcall" to calls, which indicates the call is implicitly followed by a marker instruction and an implicit retainRV/claimRV call that consumes the call result. In addition, it emits a call to @llvm.objc.clang.arc.noop.use, which consumes the call result, to prevent the middle-end passes from changing the return type of the called function. This is currently done only when the target is arm64 and the optimization level is higher than -O0.
  • ARC optimizer temporarily emits retainRV/claimRV calls after the calls with the operand bundle in the IR and removes the inserted calls after processing the function.
  • ARC contract pass emits retainRV/claimRV calls after the call with the operand bundle. It doesn't remove the operand bundle on the call since the backend needs it to emit the marker instruction. The retainRV and claimRV calls are emitted late in the pipeline to prevent optimization passes from transforming the IR in a way that makes it harder for the ARC middle-end passes to figure out the def-use relationship between the call and the retainRV/claimRV calls (which is the cause of PR31925).
  • The function inliner removes an autoreleaseRV call in the callee if nothing in the callee prevents it from being paired up with the retainRV/claimRV call in the caller. It then inserts a release call if claimRV is attached to the call since autoreleaseRV+claimRV is equivalent to a release. If it cannot find an autoreleaseRV call, it tries to transfer the operand bundle to a function call in the callee. This is important since the ARC optimizer can remove the autoreleaseRV returning the callee result, which makes it impossible to pair it up with the retainRV/claimRV call in the caller. If that fails, it simply emits a retain call in the IR if retainRV is attached to the call and does nothing if claimRV is attached to it.
  • SCCP refrains from replacing the return value of a call with a constant value if the call has the operand bundle. This ensures the call always has at least one user (the call to @llvm.objc.clang.arc.noop.use).
  • This patch also fixes a bug in replaceUsesOfNonProtoConstant where multiple operand bundles of the same kind were being added to a call.

Future work:

  • Use the operand bundle on x86-64.
  • Fix the auto upgrader to convert call+retainRV/claimRV pairs into calls with the operand bundles.


Differential Revision: https://reviews.llvm.org/D92808