[Cbe-oss-dev] [PATCH] force -mno-string option on cell

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Sat Mar 24 06:38:23 EST 2007

On Fri, 2007-03-23 at 13:56 +0100, Segher Boessenkool wrote:
> > GCC may generate inline copy loop to handle memcpy() function
> > instead of kernel defined memcpy() with -mstring or -Os.
> > But this inlined version of memcpy() caused an alignment interrupt
> > when copying from SPU local store on PS3.
> > (http://ozlabs.org/pipermail/cbe-oss-dev/2007-March/001348.html)
> >
> > This patch deletes -mstring option on all powerpc and force -mno-string
> > option on Cell.
> Please split into two patches, the first half (deleting
> -mstring) we can all agree on and "the other half".
> What your patch does is setting -mno-string for all files
> if your kernel is configured to support Cell.  It would be
> better to set this option (and all other options needed,
> -mno-multiple and -mno-algebraic come to mind, and that last
> compiler option doesn't even exist yet) unconditionally on
> the few Cell-specific files that are affected, not on the
> whole kernel:
> 	CFLAGS_whatever.o := -msome-flags
> It would be even better to not lie to the compiler by
> telling it it can use the LS area as normal memory, since
> evidently it cannot :-)

It's fair enough to use -mno-string overall. If the kernel is going to
run on cell, performance will suck with string instructions. In fact,
I'm not sure they are worth having on anything anyway.


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