mips-tdep.c: Sign-extend pointers for n32

Maciej W. Rozycki macro@mips.com
Thu Dec 20 17:18:00 GMT 2007

On Thu, 20 Dec 2007, Daniel Jacobowitz wrote:

> I think there's still a problem here, though it is somewhat endemic to
> the argument passing routines:
>     TYPE_CODE_ENUM,             /* Enumeration type */
>     TYPE_CODE_REF,              /* C++ Reference types */
>     TYPE_CODE_CHAR,             /* *real* character type */
> And possibly TYPE_CODE_MEMBERPTR too... that's a signed offset,
> probably 32-bit in the n32 case.  Getting this right is a real
> pain.

 Hmm, these are obviously C-style types and I would expect other languages 
to have their own specific ones (Ada, anyone?).  As they map somehow to 
the integer types provided by the underlying architecture, wouldn't it be 
a good idea to actually record which of the plain CPU-specific types each 
of the language types corresponds to?

 This way the mapping would only be provided in a single place -- the 
language ABI for a given architecture -- and all the generic 
target-dependent and possibly target-independent code would not have to 
iterate over all the language types, which is obviously prone to errors 
and hard to fully cover in the test suite.


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