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Most of the work of the compiler is done on an intermediate
representation called register transfer language. In this language,
the instructions to be output are described, pretty much one by one, in
an algebraic form that describes what the instruction does.
RTL is inspired by Lisp lists. It has both an internal form, made
up of structures that point at other structures, and a textual form
that is used in the machine description and in printed debugging dumps.
The textual form uses nested parentheses to indicate the pointers in
the internal form.
- RTL Objects
- Expressions vs vectors vs strings vs integers.
- Macros to access expression operands or vector elts.
- Other flags in an RTL expression.
- Machine Modes
- Describing the size and format of a datum.
- Expressions with constant values.
- Regs and Memory
- Expressions representing register contents or memory.
- Expressions representing arithmetic on other expressions.
- Expressions representing comparison of expressions.
- Bit Fields
- Expressions representing bitfields in memory or reg.
- Extending, truncating, floating or fixing.
- RTL Declarations
- Declaring volatility, constancy, etc.
- Side Effects
- Expressions for storing in registers, etc.
- Embedded side-effects for autoincrement addressing.
- Representing `asm' with operands.
- Expression types for entire insns.
- RTL representation of function call insns.
- Some expressions are unique; others *must* be copied.
- Reading RTL
- Reading textual RTL from a file.
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