[foreign-jextract] RFR: 8261906: Improve jextract support for virtual functions

Maurizio Cimadamore mcimadamore at openjdk.java.net
Thu Feb 18 17:17:45 UTC 2021

On Thu, 18 Feb 2021 17:06:13 GMT, Maurizio Cimadamore <mcimadamore at openjdk.org> wrote:

> This patch add support for function pointer calls. Whenever jextract encounters a function pointer variable (be it a global variable, or a struct field), it will additionally emit code to _call_ the function pointer - by means of a static wrapper around a virtual method handle.
> The implementation is relatively straightforward, although there is some duplication in the code that is being emitted. I played with this a bit, to see if duplication could be removed, but I ended up with a single routine to generate wrappers which worked across the axis { virtual, non virtual } x { struct, global } - which in the end I found too complex for my taste (note that, e.g. when we're inside a struct, the logic to get the virtual address depends on what else is generated inside the struct, so there's a lot of ad-hocness).
> For these reason I ended up with separate emit function for virtual wrappers (e.g. I did not reuse the code for native functions) - the code which emit virtual function wrappers is also overridden in StructBuilder. My sense is that if we move the code to use text blocks, the duplication will be much less problematic.
> In OutputFactory, I cleaned up things a bit - since I realized that support for valist doesn't work - this is now removed. I will file a followup issue to add proper VaList support, both in downcalls and upcalls.

src/jdk.incubator.jextract/share/classes/jdk/internal/jextract/impl/Writer.java line 54:

> 52:             return InMemoryJavaCompiler.compile(sources,
> 53:                 "--add-modules", "jdk.incubator.foreign",
> 54:                 "--release", "17",

Note that this is required to see the new linker method to create virtual handles - but this creates a dependency with 17 - e.g. the generated API will no longer work against 16.


PR: https://git.openjdk.java.net/panama-foreign/pull/456

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