I’m working on llvm assembler support for Mips and for a while I’m trying to solve a problem regarding complex macro instructions. As mips assembler supports macro instructions that can develop to more then one real instruction depending on the operand type(usually two or three) we can’t use InstAlias to exploit tableGen generated code. Currently we expand these in MipsAsmParser in a post processing methods, but I would like to at least be able to easily identify them, and if possible call some method that handles this to avoid giant switch/case structure in method that processes them. I have seen that in Target.td file in class instruction there is a flag isAsmParserOnly which could be used to mark these macros:
// Is this instruction a pseudo instruction for use by the assembler parser.
bit isAsmParserOnly = 0;
but, as far as I can tell, this flag is not available to the AsmParser nor it can be accessed via MCInstrDesc class that we import as externally defined. In fact, the only thing it is used for is to avoid generating codeGen info for these instructions in tableGen. So, I was wandering if there is a plan to use this flag in asmMatcher or at least make it available in AsmParser?