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

Segher Boessenkool segher at kernel.crashing.org
Sun Mar 25 01:46:49 EST 2007

>> 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
> Unless someone can show a measurable difference in performance between
> a kernel compiled with -mno-string and one compiled without (with the
> kernel compiled without being faster), then I would be inclined just
> to add -mno-string everywhere, since there are some cpus (e.g. e500
> cores) where string instructions aren't implemented.

So add it _if_ support for e500 is compiled in.

Not using string instructions probably won't hurt performance
much, but adding -mno-string always doesn't solve any actual
problems -- in particular, it doesn't solve the original problem
that got all this started, which needs -mno-multiple too (and
that hurts performance on many CPUs) and -mno-algebraic and
-mno-dcbz (and those two options don't even exist yet).

If you decide to put -mno-string in there always anyway, please
put a nice fat big comment on there saying why this is done?


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