8.2 Gimplification pass
Gimplification is a whimsical term for the process of converting the intermediate representation of a function into the GIMPLE language (CROSSREF). The term stuck, and so words like “gimplification”, “gimplify”, “gimplifier” and the like are sprinkled throughout this section of code.
While a front end may certainly choose to generate GIMPLE directly if it chooses, this can be a moderately complex process unless the intermediate language used by the front end is already fairly simple. Usually it is easier to generate GENERIC trees plus extensions and let the language-independent gimplifier do most of the work.
The main entry point to this pass is
located in gimplify.c. From here we process the entire
function gimplifying each statement in turn. The main workhorse
for this pass is
gimplify_expr. Approximately everything
passes through here at least once, and it is from here that we
The callback should examine the expression in question and return
GS_UNHANDLED if the expression is not a language specific
construct that requires attention. Otherwise it should alter the
expression in some way to such that forward progress is made toward
producing valid GIMPLE. If the callback is certain that the
transformation is complete and the expression is valid GIMPLE, it
GS_ALL_DONE. Otherwise it should return
GS_OK, which will cause the expression to be processed again.
If the callback encounters an error during the transformation (because
the front end is relying on the gimplification process to finish
semantic checks), it should return