[ADT] Apply a large hammer to StringRef functions: attribute always_inline.
The logic of this follows something Howard does in libc++ and something
I discussed with Chris eons ago -- for a lot of functions, there is
really no benefit to preserving "debug information" by leaving the
out-of-line even in debug builds. This is especially true as we now do
a very good job of preserving most debug information even in the face of
inlining. There are a bunch of methods in StringRef that we are paying
a completely unacceptable amount for with every debug build of every
Some day, we should fix Clang/LLVM so that developers can reasonable
use a default of something other than '-O0' and not waste their lives
waiting on *completely* unoptimized code to execute. We should have
a default that doesn't impede debugging while providing at least
But today is not that day.
So today, I'm applying always_inline to the functions that are really
hurting the critical path for stuff like 'check_llvm'. I'm being very
cautious here, but there are a few other APIs that we really should do
this for as a matter of pragmatism. Hopefully we can rip this out some
With this change, TripleTest.Normalization runtime decreases by over
10%, and the total 'check-llvm' time on my 48-core box goes from 38s to
just under 37s.