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Re: [PATCH 1/8] PR ld/17878: Add bfd_maybe_object_p

On Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 1:42 AM, Alan Modra <> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 05, 2015 at 05:54:40AM -0800, H.J. Lu wrote:
>> This patch adds bfd_maybe_object_p which is similar to
>> bfd_check_format (abfd, bfd_object)
>> The difference is bfd_maybe_object_p takes an argument to indicate if a
>> compiler plug-in library is applied.  When a compiler plug-in library is
>> active, it also returns TRUE if the file is not an archive or a coredump
>> file.
> Hmm, in other words, if it is unknown.  (bfd_format takes the values
> bfd_unknown, bfd_object, bfd_archive, bfd_core.)


>> +bfd_boolean
>> +bfd_maybe_object_p (bfd *abfd, bfd_boolean plugin_active_p)
>> +{
>> +  /* LTO IR object file may look like a bfd_object file or a file which
>> +     is not bfd_core nor bfd_archive.  */
>> +  return (bfd_check_format (abfd, bfd_object)
>> +       || (plugin_active_p
>> +           && !bfd_check_format (abfd, bfd_core)
>> +           && !bfd_check_format (abfd, bfd_archive)));
>> +}
> I find this really strange.  If plugins are active then you're
> willing to accept anything except cores and archives.  To throw out
> cores and archives you'll be iterating over all compiled-in bfd
> targets, asking "is this a core file", then asking "is this an
> archive".  That's quite a bit of processing, and won't exclude your
> average text file!

LTO IR could be stored in the average text file.  The new plug tests
use this feature.   We can add a new type, bfd_maybe_object.

> I think you need to find a way of answering the question "is this a
> file accepted by a plugin?" in a more robust way.  One possibility is
> merging the linker handling of plugins into the bfd plugin support.

I have considered it before.  This approach has many implications.
If we do this, we need to add bfd_plugin_object and bfd_all_object.
bfd_all_object includes bfd_object and bfd_plugin_object.  We need
bfd_plugin_object so that we won't update dummy BFD info from the
LTO IR input.  Let me take another look.


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