LLVM 18.0.0git Release Notes


These are in-progress notes for the upcoming LLVM 18 release. Release notes for previous releases can be found on the Download Page.


This document contains the release notes for the LLVM Compiler Infrastructure, release 18.0.0git. Here we describe the status of LLVM, including major improvements from the previous release, improvements in various subprojects of LLVM, and some of the current users of the code. All LLVM releases may be downloaded from the LLVM releases web site.

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Non-comprehensive list of changes in this release

Update on required toolchains to build LLVM

Changes to the LLVM IR

  • The llvm.stacksave and llvm.stackrestore intrinsics now use an overloaded pointer type to support non-0 address spaces.

  • The constant expression variants of the following instructions have been removed:

    • and

    • or

    • lshr

    • ashr

    • zext

    • sext

    • fptrunc

    • fpext

    • fptoui

    • fptosi

    • uitofp

    • sitofp

  • Added llvm.exp10 intrinsic.

Changes to LLVM infrastructure

Changes to building LLVM

Changes to TableGen

Changes to Interprocedural Optimizations

Changes to the AArch64 Backend

Changes to the AMDGPU Backend

  • llvm.sqrt.f32 is now lowered correctly. Use llvm.amdgcn.sqrt.f32 for raw instruction access.

  • Implemented llvm.stacksave and llvm.stackrestore intrinsics.

  • Implemented llvm.get.rounding

  • Added support for Cortex-A520, Cortex-A720 and Cortex-X4 CPUs.

Changes to the ARM Backend

Changes to the AVR Backend

Changes to the DirectX Backend

Changes to the Hexagon Backend

Changes to the LoongArch Backend

Changes to the MIPS Backend

Changes to the PowerPC Backend

Changes to the RISC-V Backend

Changes to the WebAssembly Backend

Changes to the Windows Target

Changes to the X86 Backend

  • The i128 type now matches GCC and clang’s __int128 type. This mainly benefits external projects such as Rust which aim to be binary compatible with C, but also fixes code generation where LLVM already assumed that the type matched and called into libgcc helper functions.

  • Support ISA of USER_MSR.

  • Support ISA of AVX10.1-256 and AVX10.1-512.

  • -mcpu=pantherlake and -mcpu=clearwaterforest are now supported.

  • -mapxf is supported.

Changes to the OCaml bindings

Changes to the Python bindings

  • The python bindings have been removed.

Changes to the C API

  • Added LLVMGetTailCallKind and LLVMSetTailCallKind to allow getting and setting tail, musttail, and notail attributes on call instructions.

  • The following functions for creating constant expressions have been removed, because the underlying constant expressions are no longer supported. Instead, an instruction should be created using the LLVMBuildXYZ APIs, which will constant fold the operands if possible and create an instruction otherwise:

    • LLVMConstAnd

    • LLVMConstOr

    • LLVMConstLShr

    • LLVMConstAShr

    • LLVMConstZExt

    • LLVMConstSExt

    • LLVMConstZExtOrBitCast

    • LLVMConstSExtOrBitCast

    • LLVMConstIntCast

    • LLVMConstFPTrunc

    • LLVMConstFPExt

    • LLVMConstFPToUI

    • LLVMConstFPToSI

    • LLVMConstUIToFP

    • LLVMConstSIToFP

    • LLVMConstFPCast

  • Added LLVMCreateTargetMachineWithOptions, along with helper functions for an opaque option structure, as an alternative to LLVMCreateTargetMachine. The option structure exposes an additional setting (i.e., the target ABI) and provides default values for unspecified settings.

  • Added LLVMGetNNeg and LLVMSetNNeg for getting/setting the new nneg flag on zext instructions, and LLVMGetIsDisjoint and LLVMSetIsDisjoint for getting/setting the new disjoint flag on or instructions.

Changes to the CodeGen infrastructure

  • A new debug type isel-dump is added to show only the SelectionDAG dumps after each ISel phase (i.e. -debug-only=isel-dump). This new debug type can be filtered by function names using -filter-print-funcs=<function names>, the same flag used to filter IR dumps after each Pass. Note that the existing -debug-only=isel will take precedence over the new behavior and print SelectionDAG dumps of every single function regardless of -filter-print-funcs’s values.

  • PrologEpilogInserter no longer supports register scavenging during forwards frame index elimination. Targets should use backwards frame index elimination instead.

  • RegScavenger no longer supports forwards register scavenging. Clients should use backwards register scavenging instead, which is preferred because it does not depend on accurate kill flags.

Changes to the Metadata Info

  • Added a new loop metadata !{!”llvm.loop.align”, i32 64}

Changes to the Debug Info

Changes to the LLVM tools

  • llvm-symbolizer now treats invalid input as an address for which source information is not found.

  • llvm-readelf now supports --extra-sym-info (-X) to display extra information (section name) when showing symbols.

  • llvm-nm now supports the --line-numbers (-l) option to use debugging information to print symbols’ filenames and line numbers.

  • llvm-symbolizer and llvm-addr2line now support addresses specified as symbol names.

Changes to LLDB

  • SBWatchpoint::GetHardwareIndex is deprecated and now returns -1 to indicate the index is unavailable.

  • Methods in SBHostOS related to threads have had their implementations removed. These methods will return a value indicating failure.

  • SBType::FindDirectNestedType function is added. It’s useful for formatters to quickly find directly nested type when it’s known where to search for it, avoiding more expensive global search via SBTarget::FindFirstType.

  • lldb-vscode was renamed to lldb-dap and and its installation instructions have been updated to reflect this. The underlying functionality remains unchanged.

  • The mte_ctrl register can now be read from AArch64 Linux core files.

  • LLDB on AArch64 Linux now supports debugging the Scalable Matrix Extension (SME) and Scalable Matrix Extension 2 (SME2) for both live processes and core files. For details refer to the AArch64 Linux documentation.

  • LLDB now supports symbol and binary acquisition automatically using the DEBUFINFOD protocol. The standard mechanism of specifying DEBUFINOD servers in the DEBUGINFOD_URLS environment variable is used by default. In addition, users can specify servers to request symbols from using the LLDB setting plugin.symbol-locator.debuginfod.server_urls, override or adding to the environment variable.

  • When running on AArch64 Linux, lldb-server now provides register field information for the following registers: cpsr, fpcr, fpsr, svcr and mte_ctrl.

    (lldb) register read cpsr
          cpsr = 0x80001000
               = (N = 1, Z = 0, C = 0, V = 0, SS = 0, IL = 0, <...>

    This is only available when lldb is built with XML support. Where possible the CPU’s capabilities are used to decide which fields are present, however this is not always possible or entirely accurate. If in doubt, refer to the numerical value.

Changes to Sanitizers

  • HWASan now defaults to detecting use-after-scope bugs.

Other Changes

  • The Flags field of llvm::opt::Option has been split into Flags and Visibility to simplify option sharing between various drivers (such as clang, clang-cl, or flang) that rely on Clang’s Options.td. Overloads of llvm::opt::OptTable that use FlagsToInclude have been deprecated. There is a script and instructions on how to resolve conflicts - see https://reviews.llvm.org/D157150 and https://reviews.llvm.org/D157151 for details.

  • On Linux, FreeBSD, and NetBSD, setting the environment variable LLVM_ENABLE_SYMBOLIZER_MARKUP causes tools to print stacktraces using Symbolizer Markup. This works even if the tools have no embedded symbol information (i.e. are fully stripped); llvm-symbolizer can symbolize the markup afterwards using debuginfod.

External Open Source Projects Using LLVM 15

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Additional Information

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