The compiler assumes that certain kinds of RTL expressions are unique; there do not exist two distinct objects representing the same value. In other cases, it makes an opposite assumption: that no RTL expression object of a certain kind appears in more than one place in the containing structure.
These assumptions refer to a single function; except for the RTL objects that describe global variables and external functions, and a few standard objects such as small integer constants, no RTL objects are common to two functions.
reg object to represent it,
and therefore only a single machine mode.
referring to it.
const_int expressions with equal values are shared.
const_double expression with value 0 for
each floating point mode. Likewise for values 1 and 2.
const_vector expression with value 0 for
each vector mode, be it an integer or a double constant vector.
scratch appears in more than one place in
the RTL structure; in other words, it is safe to do a tree-walk of all
the insns in the function and assume that each time a
scratch is seen it is distinct from all others that are seen.
mem object is normally created for each static
variable or stack slot, so these objects are frequently shared in all
the places they appear. However, separate but equal objects for these
variables are occasionally made.
asm statement has multiple output operands, a
asm_operands expression is made for each output operand.
However, these all share the vector which contains the sequence of input
operands. This sharing is used later on to test whether two
asm_operands expressions come from the same statement, so all
optimizations must carefully preserve the sharing if they copy the
vector at all.
unshare_all_rtl in emit-rtl.c,
after which the above rules are guaranteed to be followed.
copy_rtx_if_shared, which is a subroutine of