[linux-fbdev] Re: readl() and friends and eieio on PPC

Geert Uytterhoeven geert at geert.cs.kuleuven.ac.be
Sun Aug 15 04:34:10 EST 1999

On 14 Aug 1999, Jes Sorensen wrote:
> >>>>> "David" == David A Gatwood <dgatwood at mvista.com> writes:
> David> On Fri, 13 Aug 1999, Paul Mackerras wrote:
> >> Surely it should only take a couple of cycles to move a register to
> >> another and clear it?  I agree it's a pain though.  Actually, with
> >> gcc the asm statement that uses the eieio could just specify the
> >> register (which one is it?) as an input and give it the value 0.
> David> For some reason, just loading the value isn't enough.  The code
> David> that Gilbert put in as a workaround shortly before DR3 looks
> David> like this:
> David> #define eieio() __asm__ volatile("li 0,0: cmpwi 0,0; bne+ 0f;
> David> eieio; 0:" : : : "0")
> Defininf a C function with the name of a PPC specific assembler
> function is pretty stupid. To the best of my knowledge wmb() is the

Well, David was talking about replacing the eieio() macro (which Linux/PPC had
since ages) by something that works around bugs in the hardware.

> generic name for the thing you are looking for.

Time to start grepping in include/asm-alpha/system.h. Huh, Alpha AXP has no
`rmb' mnemonic ;-)



Geert Uytterhoeven                     Geert.Uytterhoeven at cs.kuleuven.ac.be
Wavelets, Linux/{m68k~Amiga,PPC~CHRP}  http://www.cs.kuleuven.ac.be/~geert/
Department of Computer Science -- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven -- Belgium

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