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digitalmars.D.bugs - [Issue 22330] New: Huge memory consumption for optimized DMD builds


          Issue ID: 22330
           Summary: Huge memory consumption for optimized DMD builds with
                    LDC host compiler
           Product: D
           Version: D2
          Hardware: x86_64
                OS: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: major
          Priority: P1
         Component: dmd
          Assignee: nobody puremagic.com
          Reporter: kinke gmx.net

For a pretty large private project, I've noticed that optimized DMD built with
LDC host compilers can require almost twice as much memory (peak working set
shown by /usr/bin/time -v) than unoptimized DMD builds. This is with DMD
v2.097.2 on Linux x64; using itself as host compiler doesn't show this
behavior. I've tested LDC v1.27.0, v1.25.1 and v1.21.0 as host compilers (incl.
different LLVM versions), the behavior is consistent.

With -o-, the memory consumption is ~17 GB with all DMD builds.
With -c, it's still ~17 GB for all builds with DMD host compilers and the
unoptimized LDC host compiler build. With the ENABLE_RELEASE=1 LDC host
compiler build, it's almost 19 GB.
With -lib, it's still around 17 GB for all builds *except* the LDC-optimized
build, where it explodes to almost 31 GB. With official DMD v2.097.2, it's
around 29 GB (not sure how that's built exactly).

I hope this strangeness can be reproduced with arbitrary non-tiny projects. The
fact that -o- is stable appears to confine it to the DMD glue/codegen layer. I
cannot rule out that LDC is to blame, but I guess it's more likely that
something's off in the DMD backend code.

Sep 22 2021