January 07

Hi D community!

I'm here again, to describe what I've done during the sixteenth week of
Symmetry Autumn of Code.

LLVM upstream updates

This week I continued my work on the demangler patches, including the next 3
patches related to minimal type parsing and symbol/type back referencing. I
removed most of the types in this next patch, due to the fact that it requires
other dependencies to be visually tested.

Two more patches got merged into the upstream. The LLD one got reverted due to
failures on PowerPC buildbots, although the error ended up being a missing
dependency. The second one was about the other patch I worked last week about
immutable type qualifier in the DWARF debug info:

Extending value dumping for the rest of the built-in types

After adding support for boolean type I successfully extended type value
dumping for the rest of the built-in types:

(lldb) ta v
Global variables for app.d in app:
(int) app.int42_gvar = -42
(ulong) app.ulong42_gvar = 42
(uint) app.uint_gvar = 0
(uint) app.uint42_gvar = 42
(double) app.double_42_gvar = -42
(real) app.real42_gvar = 42
(long) app.long42_gvar = -42
(dchar) app.d = U+0x00000064
(ulong) app.ulong_gvar = 0
(char) app.c = 0x63
(bool) app.true_gvar = true
(ushort) app.ushort_gvar = 0
(byte) app.byte42_gvar = d6
(double) app.double_gvar = 0
(long) app.long_gvar = 0
(double) app.double42_gvar = 42
(float) app.float42_gvar = 42
(wchar) app.w = U+0077
...

I have tested almost every built-in type including real. Thanks to some
guidance on the previous weekly report, I made some basic logic to make real
work according to the exported DWARF type name, although realizing that D
should map directly to long double, I can later map the real bit size using
the same interface used in the Clang DWARF Parser (clang::TargetInfo).

From what I tested, at least one target that have support for 128bit long double, RISC-V, is not correctly mapped by the LDC compiler, so I decided to
make a PR to fix that:

https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/pull/3891
https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/pull/3892

What is next?

After having support for basic built-in types functionality, I plan to
implement some type modifiers, including const and add support for other
derived types. I also plan to work in parallel to merge some more patches about
the demangler.