Target backend not converting char* to struct properly.

I’m having trouble getting my backend to properly treat the situation where a char* is converted into a struct, i.e. something like:

char* pointer_representation = …;
MyStruct* my_struct = (MyStruct*) pointer_representation;
my_struct->an_int_field = 5;

When this occurs, LLVM seems to fold the struct and char* into one assembly ‘object’, which is perfectly fine. However, it also keeps the 1-alignment of the char array, which is not ok, as then the assignment (store) to the ‘an_int_field’ gets converted into a 4-byte aligned store instruction - which of course fails when run.

My test case can be seen at http://pastebin.com/zPTi2GRW. Does anyone know what I might need to do in my backend to make this work properly - perhaps correct the definition of my ‘store’ instructions, or set a data-layout for a struct type somewhere?

Thanks,
Stephen

Your code has undefined behavior; you're just getting lucky if it
works anywhere. (I can look up the standard reference if you're
interested.) Try __attribute((aligned)) on the array.

-Eli

If you could point me towards the correct location in the standard I would appreciate that - I didn’t realize it wasn’t acceptable to turn pointer-data to structs. My example is reduced from the EEMBC benchmarks where I ran into the problem, so I may have reduced it too far by accident (but I’m fairly sure they do not use attribute or similar).

Adding a attribute((aligned(…))) to my example did help, so thank you for that! Now to determine what to do about EEMBC…

Thanks,
Stephen

6.3.2.3p7: "A pointer to an object or incomplete type may be converted
to a pointer to a different object or incomplete type. If the
resulting pointer is not correctly aligned for the pointed-to type,
the behavior is undefined."

-Eli