Re: Link time optimizations (Richard Henderson)
13 Feb 1996 00:05:48 -0500

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From: (Richard Henderson)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 13 Feb 1996 00:05:48 -0500
Organization: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
References: 96-02-088 96-02-104
Keywords: linker, optimize

Nor Jaidi <> wrote:
>> ... Normally all compilers generate a jump PC relative instruction
>> that generates no relocation or fixup... Invisible damm it!
>I wonder how Topspeed linker does it.

I don't know about Topspeed, but the OMF object format used by most
DOS/Windows compilers allows for initialized common blocks. Function
level link optimization can be done by putting each function in its
own common block.

This also takes care of the original poster's question about what to
do about pc-relative calls without relocations -- in this case the
compiler is forced to emit the relocation info.


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